There seems to be a gap in your treatment. It seems that you are either managing your own symptoms or in the hospital. You should be regularly attending outpatient treatment in the form of medication checks and psychotherapy. The goal of outpatient treatment is to manage your symptoms to avoid future hospitalizations.
The fact that you are drinking and your symptoms are worsening is concerning. You should not wait until your symptoms are at their worst to seek help. If you need to go to the hospital, then you should. If not then you should be working with a treatment team to manage your symptoms. There are programs that provide these types of services.
Starting college can be a highly stressful time. Symptoms of schizophrenia often worsen during times of stress. It would be unwise to enter a stressful situation when you’re unstable. It would be very difficult to focus on your schoolwork while actively psychotic. It would be advantageous to delay college until your symptoms are stabilized and you are undergoing regular treatment.
If you decide to enter the hospital be certain to discuss outpatient treatment options, with the social worker, before you leave the hospital. Proactive planning could prevent future hospitalizations.
If you don’t go to the hospital, contact your prescribing physician or the staff at the local community mental health center and ask for their assistance with your symptoms. In addition to your doctor, you should be working with other mental health professionals to address all of your needs.
Schizophrenia can be managed with the right combination of treatments. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to write again and I will try to help you in any way that I can. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle