That took a few weeks to sort out and eventually things pretty well returned to normal.
Zoom forward about 10 years and we have both gone through a divorce and are now in a relationship together. After a period of time we decided to have another child together. My wife is very open and honest explaining her diagnosis. Together we decide to take the chance and have a child, while being supported by a psychiatrist.
At this stage my wife had stopped taken her med’s and hadn’t had any issues for years. The psychiatrist decided that a low level of Olanzapine starting from the day our child is born would be good to prevent a reoccurrence of post-partum psychosis.
Everything goes according to plan. Our daughter was delivered by caesarian and my wife started taking her daily dose of Olanzapine. She gradually recovered from the caesarian. Our daughter was a beautiful healthy girl and life was great!
About 3 months later we have a conversation that forever changed our lives. Together we discussed how my wife is travelling “mentally” and we both agree that everything is perfectly fine. In hindsight, what happens next is so easy to see as flawed thinking and a pretty dumb decision. Seeing as everything was going so well, we decide to stop taking the Olanzapine.
Within a few days our lives changed forever. My wife had a full blown psychotic episode and was admitted to a mental health ward where she spent the next 12 weeks. After 8 weeks she was at best “about the same”, but in reality probably worse. She then started ECT which had an incredible positive effect on her mental state and she returned home at last, a couple of weeks later.
Since then she has been on a cocktail of medication, which controls her schizoaffective disorder. The only time we have had problems is when the treating psychiatrists are rotated and the first thing the new Doctor wants to do is change the medication. We went with the new doctor’s decision once, and she became unwell again and spent another 12 weeks in hospital. Her file is now clearly marked that no change to her medication are permitted without the Senior Consultants approval.
Our message to you is do not self medicate. Do not make changes to your medication without talking it through with your Doctor. Do not even make significant changes to your lifestyle, such as start a diet, without discussing things with your Doctor. Medication is taken for a reason and we now firmly believe that “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”.