Psychosis or paranoia

Posted by lolly906 @lolly906, Thu, May 30 3:20pm

My son has shown symptoms of pychosis since last Fri. He is 40 we took him in to help him 3 months ago, I never saw this coming, he recently got a good job, don't think its gonna last he refuses to go to any Dr. And we had him placed in protective custody Sunday evening but a mental health assessment said he was ok but he's not I've called Nami and everyone I can think of I have no idea how to help him and how long this will last he is paranoid of phones, Wi-Fi, everything taken things apart. His dad is going to make him leave does anyone have any suggestions or knowledge on this condition? I don't know what more to do I'm physically and emotionally exhausted and all mental health agencies just say call 911 which we have done and they can't do anything without his consent the mental health system is broken I have seen it now firsthand

Hello @lolly906,

I can hear the frustration and heartbreak in your words. I wish there were an answer for you but it sounds as if you have tried. Did the mental health assessment reveal his paranoid tendencies or did he cover up these thoughts?

Does your son have a power of attorney document for health care that gives you the authority to act on his behalf?

Outside of that, petitioning the court for guardianship/conservatorship is my only thought. However, you would need to have doctors evaluate him and agree that he needs this kind of protection.

I care. Will you keep posting?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @lolly906,

I can hear the frustration and heartbreak in your words. I wish there were an answer for you but it sounds as if you have tried. Did the mental health assessment reveal his paranoid tendencies or did he cover up these thoughts?

Does your son have a power of attorney document for health care that gives you the authority to act on his behalf?

Outside of that, petitioning the court for guardianship/conservatorship is my only thought. However, you would need to have doctors evaluate him and agree that he needs this kind of protection.

I care. Will you keep posting?

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He covered it up when they evaluated him, they told me he had no signs of paranoia, but as soon as he came home he told me he believed everything he said happened, 20 people following him, GPS in his phone( which he destroyed)) GPS in his lighter, he's been taking wires of our computer and he completely closed his bank account for his checks to be direct deposit saying he had been hacked, he has no power of attorney there's nothing,. I'm learning a very hard lesson, this is the most frightening thing I've ever seen and I feel helpless his dad does not understand and now wants him out I've lost work, we are not 20 anymore and even if I were this would be difficult, I will keep posting, but I don't know what's going to happen unless he wants help, I just hope it doesn't end badly I'm worried I wish mental health would of assessed him more thoroughly I don't believe they did thank you for caring, I feel very alone right now

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I have a suggestion. My state's mental health system allows for 3 adults to commit a patient in thse circumstances. I'm not sure who to call, except your county's mental health court.

Upon receiving a committal order from the court, the police will pick him up, take him to the hospital. There, he'll spend 3 days, and after that, there will be a hearing. If he's found mentally impaired at the hearing, then he'll spend some time in the hospital and be forcible treated. He'll receive the help he needs and he's refusing.

From there, he'll be placed in outpatient committal where he'll see an outpatient clinician and receive help getting medications.

I hope this helps you, my prayers are with you in your journey.

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Thank you so much, I am going to check and see if our state has that in our mental health system I'm hoping they do because he's absolutely refusing any help at this point, I really appreciate your help and prayers it means more than you know I will keep posting until this is resolved

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@lolly906

Thank you so much, I am going to check and see if our state has that in our mental health system I'm hoping they do because he's absolutely refusing any help at this point, I really appreciate your help and prayers it means more than you know I will keep posting until this is resolved

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@lolly906
Please contact your county's mental health department. They might be able to direct you. Wishing you and your son the best!

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@lolly906 Just another thought, you might try to obtain an evaluation from a mental health professional of your own choosing.

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Nami told me that to, but the problem is so far he's refusing any treatment, I had set up an appointment with primary care Dr for today at least to get a referral, and I was hoping possibly a start on some meds, but he refused to go, I will keep trying thank you so much

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@hopeful33250

@lolly906 Just another thought, you might try to obtain an evaluation from a mental health professional of your own choosing.

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Also with an episode of pychosis, do they come out of it at anytime? Or if they don't get meds will he be like this from now on? I mean is there any hope my son will come out of this even for a day without taking meds? I've never had this happen and don't know anything about it much I'm wondering if there will be a possibility of this episode stopping even for a day or so

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@lolly906

Also with an episode of pychosis, do they come out of it at anytime? Or if they don't get meds will he be like this from now on? I mean is there any hope my son will come out of this even for a day without taking meds? I've never had this happen and don't know anything about it much I'm wondering if there will be a possibility of this episode stopping even for a day or so

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Hi,

I have been told that a psychosis has to have medication. It will not just go away on it's own. It continues to worsen until hospitalization maybe necessary. That's my experience.

I have forgotten to take my thyroid meds, and given myself a psychosis. It's called myexedema madness. He may have another health condition driving the psychosis. It's good to get ontop of it, check his electrolytes and consult with a doctor.

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@Erinmfs

Hi,

I have been told that a psychosis has to have medication. It will not just go away on it's own. It continues to worsen until hospitalization maybe necessary. That's my experience.

I have forgotten to take my thyroid meds, and given myself a psychosis. It's called myexedema madness. He may have another health condition driving the psychosis. It's good to get ontop of it, check his electrolytes and consult with a doctor.

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That's scary to me at this point, I was hoping he would return to a normal state even if briefly, so I could get him to seek help, yes he must have an underlying cause, but I honestly do not remember any red flags for this, it took us by surprise, although he does have an alcohol problem which when he came here was part of the deal, no drinking and get a job, but yes I will do what I can praying he will change his mind and seek help but at this point he doesn't think he needs any he believes his paranoid world is the reality

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@lolly906

That's scary to me at this point, I was hoping he would return to a normal state even if briefly, so I could get him to seek help, yes he must have an underlying cause, but I honestly do not remember any red flags for this, it took us by surprise, although he does have an alcohol problem which when he came here was part of the deal, no drinking and get a job, but yes I will do what I can praying he will change his mind and seek help but at this point he doesn't think he needs any he believes his paranoid world is the reality

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I know, it's hard. If this is his first time, perhaps hell agree to a shot of Invega , I think its what's it's called. Tell him that a shot of that stuff is relatively painless and quick. And yes, paranoia is a problem, it will just get worse. My mayo doctors have given me a medication that could have compromised my chloride levels and contributed to my having a psychosis.

Once you have a psychosis you are prone to have more of them. Medication is needed. I manage it now, keeps them away.

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Hi, @lolly906 – a few other members who might have some input on dealing with your adult son's psychosis or paranoia and how to help him are @etreyz07 @leonarda @yangedd @sirgalahad @susie2525. @mamacita also may have some thoughts.

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@lisalucier

Hi, @lolly906 – a few other members who might have some input on dealing with your adult son's psychosis or paranoia and how to help him are @etreyz07 @leonarda @yangedd @sirgalahad @susie2525. @mamacita also may have some thoughts.

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How do I connect to them? Just message each one? Not sure sorry

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@lolly906

How do I connect to them? Just message each one? Not sure sorry

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Hi, @lolly906 – when members are "tagged," or their usernames are included in a post like I wrote shortly ago, they will receive an email notification that I have done so, alerting them that their participation is requested, if they so choose. They can then click "VIEW & REPLY" in their email notifications and join in this conversation, if they would like.

Some further information on How to Mention Members and some other helpful topics you might be interested in is available at Get Started on Connect https://connect.mayoclinic.org/get-started-on-connect/ (or see same title in the gray box at the bottom of any Connect page).

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@lolly906

How do I connect to them? Just message each one? Not sure sorry

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@lolly906 If you start your post with their @name (just like I started this post to you), your message will get to them.

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