Our expert says:
A second opinion is quite a good idea, and shouldn't ofend the original doctor who made the first diagnosis. generally, Schizophrenia is not dificult to diagnose correctly, and is characteristic in the TYPE of hallucinations and delusions which arise, and the type of behaviour a person shows. Nowadays drug treatment is the most commonly used, and the form of treatment with the best evidence of being helpful. Indeed, in otherwise untreated schizophrena, a person's very basic processes of thinking and understanding can be so addled that it can be very hard or even impossible to talk with them usefully ; after they have begun to respond to medicines, they may be thinking much more clearly, and may then become amenable to other forms of treatment AS WELL. Treatment without the appropriate drugs almost inevitably fails.
So, in the early stages, a doctor may well decide that as it will take a month or two to see whether the relevent medicine is working, there might be little to be achieved in the meantime by seeing someone while waiting for the chemical benefits. But one thing that it sounds as if this doctor may not hav fully worked on, would be the important component of talk ing to the people most affected by the illness, like yourself and your mother, to fully explain the nature of the illness, the treatment options, what to look for, how to cope, and what other resources might be locally available to use.
Puzzled gives good advice, clearly based on personal experience --- and try that contact number to explore support groups, and let us know in a fresh message what you found useful in that line.
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