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elsaza
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Posted - 09/01/2012 :  14:13:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
My 19 year old son smokes weed, apparently since he was 14. For the last couple of years he has been a heavy skunk smoker. Yesterday, he was sectioned under the mental health act as he is psychotic right now. He thinks he is a profit sent from God with a gift to see things. He wants everyone to follow and believe in him. It's most upsetting that he thinks my husband is against him (like the devil) He became so angry at the hospital that he smashed his hand through a glass window, he kicked a huge rock, all without flinching with pain. We know for sure that he hasn't smoked for a week and his urine test today is still showing cannabis content.
I have been reading that early diagnosis is a major factor in the recovery of psychosis. What concerns me is that this all became apparent to us a week ago when he became confused, but now knowing the early signs, like investigating secret cult groups that are planning to take over the world and deciding to study Islam by reading the Koran and watching youtube videos on religion. He no longer cared what he looked like - even asking me to remove a mirror from his room. I now think this episode has been building up for about 4 months...
We were unaware at the time that he was perhaps in the early stages of psychosis. I just hope and pray that this doesn't affect his recovery.
I am also finding it hard to believe that he is able to come out of this state at all. I just need reassurance that i will have my son back, how long will it take - if at all, for him to get back to his normal self?
If anyone has experienced this too, please, please. please give me any advice or information that could help. I feel like my whole life is over if i don't have my son.....Please help....
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chelle25
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Posted - 09/01/2012 :  14:23:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
How long has he been in the hospital? Do they have him on anti psychotic medication?
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chelle25
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Posted - 09/01/2012 :  14:38:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Elsaza, with antiphychotic medication he should pull out of it within a few days.
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elsaza
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  00:35:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
they haven't put him on any anti psychotics yet. He's only had tablets to calm him down. On friday night when we arrived at A&E we had to wait so long to be seen and he became so agitated that they gave him diazepam to calm him. So by the time all 4 doctors arrived to section him, he was in a deep sleep.
Thankfully, the nurse from the psychiatric unit said we should just bring him over anyway so that he was there when he woke up. So at the moment he's there voluntarily, and not been assessed. Obviously they are not going to let him leave.
Yesterday we were told that the team will be seeing him on tuesday. Maybe this is when they'll prescribe the medication for him. Shall I ask for it to be given today? Will it stop him being so delusional? Which ones should he have/avoid?
Will the medication make him think straight again ?
I am so thankful for any advice that anyone has....
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chelle25
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  06:05:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Elsaza,

Since he is in the phyche ward and they will be assessing him on Tuesday, they will be the judge of what to put him on. If he is still psychotic it will most likely be an antiphychotic.

He is in the right place for help though so don't you worry. They will get him straightened out. Once on the medication it should take a few days.
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elsaza
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  06:21:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Thank you so much for your reassurance, it is really helpful. I have just been to see him, he seemed more alert today, and argumentative (you know, why doesn't everyone just get me, kind of thing...)
In the end my husband spoke sternly to him. This seemed to really work, he told him he'd had enough of his rudeness, and disrespect to his parents. He took him to his room , made him lay down and then we left. Hy son didn't retaliate at all - he just said nothing and took it! he lay on his bed with his arms folded saying nothing. I think taking this stance was more effective than ***** footing around him which must feed his belief that he has almighty powers!
I do feel a bit more positive today...time will be a great healer in this situation, I'm sure.
Thanks guys, & again - all advice/support is extremely welcomed.
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elsaza
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  07:48:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
I asked about the medication and was told that he'll be seen by tuesday and will definitely prescribed something then.
Also, he has now actually been sectioned for 72 hours...
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kathyintoronto
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  07:57:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Hello Elsaza and welcome to MT.

Your son is fortunate to have such caring and involved parents. I think it is critical for you to continue to support him at this time and to fight for the best care he can be given. Being sectioned under the mental health act is actually a very positive thing. He is in a place where he will get help.

You might want to check out support groups for the families of people with mental health issues. The more you learn about his disorder the more you can help. It will likely be of assistance to you also by allowing you to explore your feelings in a supportive atmosphere.

Keep talking to us, we're here to listen.

Kathy


"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing"
Martin Luther King Jr.
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elsaza
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  15:45:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
kathyintoronto, thank you for that, i really appreciate it. I will definitely be looking for support groups for the whole family....especially for my 13 year old son. He has been completely traumatised by this whole situation. I didn't actually realise just how close he and his older brother are. He has become very subdued, clearly beside himself with worry. I've tried to reassure him that we wont keep anything from him and all we want is the best for his brother. We must really pull together as a family to get through this and keep each other strong.
Thank you for all being here too.
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khaz
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Posted - 09/02/2012 :  19:06:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
All of what the girls said....he is in the right place and for me the antipschotic medication worked with a few hours if not sooner.

He is very lucky to have auch a wonderful family.

Being psychotic is like being locked in a nightmare.

I was in hospital 5 weeks the first time.

Sue
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Posted - 09/04/2012 :  22:16:41  Show Profile  Visit bluewater_sweet's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Dear Elsaza,

Re: your post from the other thread - question to if anyone had psychosis for four months or more.

First all, welcome to MyTherapy!

My Dx is Bipolar I with rapid cycling, but I had a handful of psychotic episodes. I remember now that my second one started in November 2007 and ended in May 2008. May 2008 is also the start of my disability with the US, and I am still on disability today. Not to discouraging you, but I am 35. I was told that it's harder to manage and recover from when you get this disorder at an older age. My sister got the dx when she was 18, and she was able to maint. in recovery with meds and therapy after five years. She's now married and studying for her master's degree in counseling.

I wish you and your son best of luck in find the right combination of Anti-psychotic and other meds and therapy.

Judy

what won't kill me will make me stronger, Right?
I want to live and travel the world...
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Posted - 09/22/2012 :  13:26:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
the right meds , peace and quiet , dont watch alot of tv good diet, excercise, no weed, no booze and support for your family



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HavingABadDay
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Posted - 02/12/2013 :  07:57:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
So is this drug induced psychosis? Lucky for him he has a good family. Get him of the smokes and hopefully he will get better quick. If he is smoking just to get away from his psychosis, then its going to take longer.

Meds are the easiest way to control the situation, but if it is all drug induced, then obviously he needs to stop taking the weed. Otherwise its just plastering over the cracks.

I smoked loads of weed when I was that age but it was more to blunt the affects of my visions and psychotic episodes. Soon as I stopped smoking, it all started again. Now 20 years later on, I dont smoke but have loads and loads of episodes, might as well be one long psychotic episode. Im a diagnosed schizophrenic though.

Try not to worry too much. You have to be strong for him and not make him feel there is something wrong with him. I hated it when everyone fussed over me, worried and talked like I was mad. I'm not, just needed love and care and not to be told 'its all in my head'.



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Posted - 02/11/2014 :  17:17:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
hi elsaza how are you and your son doing?


hi,
please pardon the typos I'm using the speech recognition dictation program. Thank you. PS you all rock
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Jonathan90125
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Posted - 02/15/2014 :  21:17:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
The most crucial things are that he avoids taking any more illicit street drugs like cannabis and he takes his neuroleptic medicines and he stays in hospital as long as the acute phase lasts.

We see through a glass. darkly:- St.Paul
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