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Hi! I believe I can be of help with this issue. First, let me say I can imagine how confusing and distressing this situation must be for you. You are clearly a loving and caring parent and what I am going to discuss is going to be difficult, but then, this past month has been even more difficult for you. I'm so sorry. Your son has had a psychotic break judging by what you have told me and the medication you have mentioned. Whether he has a full diagnosis of schizophrenia or a mood disorder with psychotic features I can't say. But either way, he is psychotic and the medication is meant to alleviate this symptom. And this is actually the key to my answer to you that you need to consider and think about. The medication needs to be monitored. You need to be appointed his caretakers as he is separated from his wife. Therefore, you need to go back to the county doctor and discuss what she wants you to do. If she is considering him competent to make medical decisions for himself, then you need to get him to sign a medical release form with her so you can talk to her. If she is considering him mentally incompetent, then you need to be given power of attorney to make medical decisions for him. This you would do in court. You may not need an attorney if the wife does not protest. So ask the doctor after you tell her the situation.
But either way you must point out to the doctor that you need access to talk to her as you need to be able to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and report back so that adjustments can be made. She will understand. If you're flustered by all of this, print out my answer and take it with you as a framework to use in talking with the doctor. Okay?
I wish you the very best!
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