I have been pondering to post or not, but I will post, as maybe it might encourage and be of some help to some.
We have three legendary young people: 24, 22 and 20. Middle Ms Humble is a sometime poster here and is a mad keen Bombers Member and Fan and now is in Adelaide.
Our eldest daughter has a disability, and also went through childhood cancer. At the age of 17 she started to show some really wierd behaviours, and after following it up over a number of months with many specialists, she was diagnosed with Schizophrenia. I’ll summarise that whole period by saying that We were fortunate to find a very good Psychiatrist, with a round trip of 500 km, who put us all on a good path.
Medication has been important. We also found a number of food intolerances, so diet is important too. Exercise and sleep is essential. Managing these lifestyle issues mean that Older Ms Humble can lead a rewarding life. Some days are better than others. She runs her own micro business, volunteers in a number of roles in the community and is active in a range of sports.
I really want to raise the importance of the NDIS which has allowed her to get some good supports around her. If anyone wants some information about the NDIS and how it might help, pop onto their website OR I am happy to get a private message. While I am no great expert on it I can talk about how it worked for us.
This is a great thread. I wish everyone good luck on their journey, there are some very brave souls posting here.