My 39 year old son, who lives in NY City, has delusions. One is that he thinks the chair of the graphic design dept at Pratt (nyc) from which he just graduated and I, his mother in Houston, are conspiring against his finding a job. He also believes he was a star at Pratt. He seems to have been unable to understand criticism very accurately.
He believes, e.g., that the department chair called his gym to tell them he is a star. He did
get a job recently, but lasted half a day. It wasn't worth his talents, and showed how his mother and the chair were conspiring to push his face in the dirt.
He has also told friends his mother is his biggest supporter, which is much closer to the truth.
He is seeing a psychiatrist who has prescribed Risperidone as a mood stabilizer.
I'm very concerned that his psychiatrist does not know about the delusions, and the extent they affect his job prospects. He seems very ordinary and rational until he gets on certain topics. E.g., his friends don't seem to know.
He's agreed that we - his father and I - can speak to his shrink, but she is reluctant for us to do so.
What can we do?
Btw, the meds seem to damp down the delusions, but if he misses a few evening doses, he gets very upset and delusional. He's inclined to blow up, esp at me.
His father and I are academics, with Oxford doctorates. We have been very supportive of his engagement with arts areas, in part relieved that he wouldn't be in direct competition with either of us.
The main concern is what can we do to help? To speak with his shrink?