Can you help us? We want to get our son back on his med. He's 24 and we must use some sort of method to convince him to take the Litium that's been perscribed. And can we get him to stop using Marijuana when it calms him down and makes him not care about all the pain and disfunction in his life. He's in an addictive cycle that is self supporting. He's agreed to go to a doctor of his choice who will not try to take the Marijuana away. The doctors we'd sent him too when he was more willing to find out if he had a problem, he says he will only return to if they will reverse the diagnosis of MD. He says he lied on the questinaires in hopes of getting them to perscribe anphetimines to him. We also hesitate to put him a therapy with other addicts as he makes such bad friends quickly with strangers and seems to gravitate head long into what is bad for him. Our son who was diagnosed (with second opinion) with Manic Depression about a year ago. Lithium was perscribed and he took it for 17 days and went off it due to concerns about developing diabetes (runs in the family already). He was helped by it and we all (including him) noticed an improvement in judgement, well being and less impetuous and dangerous decisions, increased sleeping
and far less Manic "creativeness". He missed his creative "edge" over everyone else and stopped taking the drug and won't take it anymore.
His mania is manifested in unreasonable "projects" and dangerous senseless issues he becomes involved with (impetuous and bad judgement, attraction to dangerous situations, entertainment and people, staying up late at night and sleeping only a few hours a day or all day (when depressed, smokes marijuana to be able to do this), painting crazy pictures on large canvas (never did
it before the onset of MD), trying to start a restaurant with no money, talking to everyone he knows and doesn't about his current projects, getting involved selling drugs to make "fast money", amoral, Hypersexuality and an addiction to pornography which is getting to be a more and more agressive type, trying automotive care on his only car without enough real world experience or knowledge, unable to care for his grooming consistantly, spends every dime and credit he gets a hold of within minutes of getting it, never having money for essentials, a growing addiction to Marijuana and something called cheese marijuana. (He's had a Medical Marijuana card for almost 2 years now so we are at a loss for how to stop his use of it,) tickets and failure to appear in courts, debts mounting and some violent emotional "eruptions" that result in breaking things and getting physical with us (his parents). Very Very agressive speach and horrific bad language which is peppered with drug references and sexuallty explicit expression that are shocking and inappropriate in public. His agression actions increase when he feels challenged. Feels criticized and challenged all the time, is contrary to any wise advice but listens to and seeks the advice of any tom dick or harry and acts on it regularly. Poor Poor judgement on the smallest things.
Please do not print my email address in your suggestions/answers. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us....we are so worried about him and would like to help, but we don't have medical insurance. We are paying out of pocket for his care so far...