Hi everyone, hope all is well.
My wife has been doing great and medication free for 5 months and is roughly 11 months removed from her initial psychosis. This past Saturday she had a manic episode that was pretty traumatic, mainly triggered by excessive alcohol consumption (is my assumption). She did not go to the hospital and the next day, seemingly when the alcohol wore off and she took a few good naps, she seemed much better. After a good night sleep, she went to work the next day and has some heightened anxiety and minor paranoia. She got through the day by using a lot of good coping mechanisms she learned from therapy but is concerned about what she is going through. The anxiety is something we have dealt with in the past, but its these small bouts of paranoia and questioning reality that is a concern for both of us. She has not had any other relapses since her first manic episode 11 months ago and has been doing great and completely back to normal since she has been off the medication (olanzapine), we've just dealt with the bouts of anxiety and depression. My question is, has anyone had a relapse once off the medication? If so, did you just let time take it's course and see if it got better or did you go back on the medication? Olanzapine was a life saver and a nightmare. We are really hoping to avoid that all together. Again, she is functioning at work and at home. We are 3 days removed from the episode, she is just having these moments throughout the days that we are concerned about and don't want it to turn into something more serious. Some, she can control real easy and others she needs to really take a step back and try and get a grip back on reality. I can't wait to hear from some of you