My son, 19, recently had a mental episode that caused him to be hospitalized for 2 weeks in a psychiatric hospital. He was in there longer than normal because he has dilated cardiomyopathy and the medications would cause his heart rate to increase to around 160. He is now on risperdal .5 mg once daily. His psychiatrist is leaning towar Bipolar
vs other mental illnesses because of the mania he was experiencing before he was taken to the hospital at college. Prior to his hospitalization he wasn't sleeping
but maybe 3 hrs, my son said he had a lot on his mind and a lot he was trying to take care of with college and his "garage band". But my son believes all of this was triggered by a panic
attack he had while performing with the band. His friends took him to the ER where he goes to college and his heartrate was around 180. The ER gave him something to calm him and after about 4 hours he was released. He is also on enalapril 2.5 mg twice daily for his DCM....which he said he had gone several days with out taking because he lost it.
After being released from the ER at 4:00 am...he slept until around 9 and then went to the pharmacy and got his Enalapril prescription filled but felt his heart was still racing and he took apx 6 of his pills at one time....then drove over to the ER and was out of control...accusing them of giving him heroin. He had sent me some text messages & was talking really fast and I knew I needed to get to him but this was before I knew he had driven back to the hospital. They sedated him again and when he woke up from being sedated he started talking CRAZY stuff about reincarnation of the XXXXX XXXXX and my family.
We are a middle class family, he went to a private high school, the ER tested him for drugs, even did
a spinal tap and an MRI...nothing showed up. None of this makes since. This is the first time he has ever acted like this and now is being treated for Bipolar disorder.
What are you thoughts please?