Are there any mothers out there who are willing to share their pre-natal experiences with a child who later received a diagnosis of schizophrenia?
When I started blogging about my son's schizophrenia, I thought there might be other blogging mothers out there who were doing the same, but this doesn't appear to be the case. There are many mothers who blog about their child's autism, but where are the mothers who blog about schizophrenia? I am willing to widen my survey to include mothers of bipolar children (really, what's the difference?). Mothers of bipolar children also are in short supply in the blogosphere.
Mothers need to be here and to be heard in order to do the job that mainstream psychiatry is unwilling to do. That job is to dig back into our emotional memory bank, into the pre-natal environment, to begin to piece together our child/ourselves story.
I thought that my ten month silent pregnancy was hugely significant in Chris's later diagnosis, but the doctors were not at all interested. Not at all. So, I had to do the work myself, to piece together Chris's unique life in utero and why I believe that the life before birth is very important, not in a pathological sense, but in finding a reason for someone retreating from life into a fantasy world.
We all know that there was something unique about the experience, and I suggest that if we think about it, we can pinpoint some unusual things about the experience from conception through birth. The reason I am interested in hypnotherapy, for example, is exactly because it can delve into the hidden world of the womb and even past lives. Try suggesting adjunct treatment in hypnotherapy to your mainstream psychiatrist and see where that gets you. They don't want to go there. Most aren't trained to go there. You appreciate perhaps more than they do the importance of the pre-verbal life.
So, where are you or your friends who have a story to tell about what was unsual/strange/remarkable about the pre-natal experience?