How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Lively Your Own Question

Lively
Lively, Psychologist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 260
Experience:  Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 10 years experience working with individuals, couples, & families
13693856
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Lively is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 19 year old son while at school has stopped taking his lexapro

Resolved Question:

My 19 year old son while at school has stopped taking his lexapro and buspar medications for anxiety and depression because he says they are not helping him. This is after 3 years of 3 different medications). Now he is depressed and sometimes angry. He will not see or talk to his doctor because he says nothing is ever going to help him. School is not easy for him and he says he is worried about his classes yet he is too anxious about asking for help. This has always been difficult for him even when on medication. Sometimes when I talk to him he seems ok other times he cries and says he wants me to help him get better but he refuses to go talk to anybody. On top of this my dad in Florida just passed away and my son will be coming with me on Thursday for the funeral. I know going off these medications cold turkey is not good. I don't know what to do for him and I am worried. Can you give me some advice? He also takes adderall on school days and diazepam when needed. (Too many meds)
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Lively replied 5 years ago.
Customer

 

I'm glad to hear that you've called the mental health center near you for help. You are right that going off of these medications abruptly can have adverse consequences- namely, increased anxiety and depression (temporarily), among other things (such as dizziness, light-headedness, sleep disturbance, etc.).

 

I wonder if you could use the recent death in your family as an opportunity to seek family counseling, with the understanding that your son's struggles will come out during this therapy. Sometimes people are more willing to go for help if it is not solely targeted towards them. Where I'm sure that your whole family is being affected by your son's depression and anxiety (and, from the meds, I'm guessing ADD as well), it is true that it would be a family intervention.

 

If you feel that things are escalating quickly and that you cannot wait to schedule such an appointment or that your son is in need of emergency care, I would suggest that you take him to your local emergency room or crisis center. They can evaluate and provide immediate assistance and can also help you arrange for longer-term follow-up care.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
how long is temporary (depression)? I want to know if he should be in the hospital detoxing or if 2 weeks without meds is long enough to be out of his system. He will not go to any kind of counceling. He will not even go to his psychiatrist of over 3 years. Anxiety is the key word here. Does not like to talk to anyone he does not know even if we are there with him.
Expert:  Lively replied 5 years ago.
By temporary, I meant only a few days- a week at most. If his symptoms are persisting at more than two weeks out I would seek further care as soon as possible.
Lively, Psychologist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 260
Experience: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 10 years experience working with individuals, couples, & families
Lively and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Mental Health Professional
Lively
Lively
255 Satisfied Customers
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 10 years experience working with individuals, couples, & families