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 Elliott, LPCC, NCC Your Own Question

Elliott, LPCC, NCC
Elliott, LPCC, NCC, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 7663
Experience:  35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
40019946
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Elliott, LPCC, NCC is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My son is in the hospital and as one expert has stated and

Customer Question

My son is in the hospital and as one expert has stated and I suspect to be correct will likely be diagnosed as being either bi polar or have schizoaffective disorder. He has been having memory problems for a couple of months. Prior to his admission to the hospital he did not sleep for four days and was feeling invincible. He does not remember everything that happened that day or night and there are reasons that he needs to try and remember. Is it likely that his memory of that day/night will return or could this be permanently forgotten? I think they are going to try and have him go back over that time one step at a time.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Seeking expert counseling is a sign of strength. A personal relationship with a caring professional is proven clinically effective.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Dear friend,
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I believe that I can help.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : First of all, bipolar disorder can disrupt short-term (working) memory but not long term.
Customer: Would memory from say the day before or several days before be considered short term or long term memory
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Mostly short term memory. He could be having Dissociative Amnesia which may or not be related to his "condition" of bipolar or schizoaffective.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Is he having hallunations?
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : hallucinations
Customer: Yes
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : And do these occur when he is having manic attacks or is in a manic or depressed state or do they occur independently?
Customer: This is the first time this has happened and he seemed to be in a manic state when it first happened.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Did he have any medications, including antidepressants before this happened?
Customer: No
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Has he been diagnosed with anything before?
Customer: No
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : How old is he?
Customer: 28
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Has he used any illicit drugs to the best of your knowledge?
Customer: No, he doesn't use drugs but does drink alcohol
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Did he drink much right before this incident?
Customer: He remembers having two drinks but I'm not sure if he would clearly remember how much he drank since he doesn't remember parts of that day and night since he seemed manic
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Alcohol sometimes causes memory loss, and so this is something to consider. It can also cause hallucinations.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Has he been depressed? Is he suffering from any stress or trauma or major worries?
Customer: He says that he snapped that night. Yes , he is dealing with issues concerning his sexual orientation.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I do not think, first of all, that he has schizoaffective disorder, which is often confused with bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Schizoaffective is more of a psychotic disorder with elements of mood disorder (either depressive or bipolar) but the hallucinations and mood changes do not occur together.
Customer: So, bipolar might be a possibility?
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : He is under tremendous pressure because of his sexual identity issues and perhaps also has bipolar disorder, which, during a manic episode will disruptive to his thought processes (racing thoughts) and cause lack of focus, and in extreme cases cause hallucinations.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Is he prone to reckless behavior (including spending, driving, drinking, sex)? You may not be privy to his private life, of course.
Customer: I think he could be. I think I won't be too shocked if the diagnosis is bipolar disorder. It is just difficult waiting for a diagnosis and treatment to begin. He is in the hospital voluntarily and that is a good thing. I don't know how long they observe someone before they will diagnose him.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Be careful that he is not misdiagnosed with Schizoaffective. He has not other history to indicate that he has a psychotic disorder, but psychotic breaks in depression and in bipolar, particularly, are more common.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : What were his hallucinations about?
Customer: He told his brother that he will now have to tell if people are real or not.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : And what did he mean by that? Figuratively or literally?
Customer: I think he meant literally. I should mention that he has an uncle with schizphrenia
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Blood uncle?
Customer: Yes
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : That doesn't mean that he has inherited it. He could also inherit tendency for bipolar, or may just have had this break because of all of the stress on his life. Not knowing his own "identity" puts into question whether he is real or not, in a certain sense.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : What are they giving him now? Antipsychotics or mood stabilizers?
Customer: No, just something to sleep
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : And does he seem his old self now?
Customer: No not yet. He is talking about the hallucinations a lot.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : He saw people and could not identify if they were real or not?
Customer: It sounds that way
Customer: To me that would make me think of schizophrenia and that is why I am so worried
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : He has a memory of those feelings but it not in a hallucinatory state now, I take it?
Customer: I think that is correct.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Then he is past it, he remembers it, and it shocks him that he actually experienced this.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : That does not sound like psychosis to me.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I would be very wary of having him diagnosed with either of those two disorders, and then being put on heavy-duty drugs.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I strongly suspect that this hallucination was associated with stress and anxiety.
Customer: Okay good. I agree that I want to make sure that he gets the correct diagnosis, especially since they know about his uncle. I think that if he is diagnosed with either of these conditions then we will at least get a second opinion. Thanks so much for your help, you have been wonderful
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I believe that you should find a therapist who specializes in traumatic stress. You could find someone at www.psychologytoday.com and enter state and city, then go to the refine search list and look for traumatic stress.
Customer: Thanks so much, I will do that.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : "Shop" carefully as all professionals are NOT the same. Even psychiatrists.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : I shall keep your family in my prayersl.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : You are very welcome. Warm regards, XXXXX NCC, CCMHC
Elliott, LPCC, NCC, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 7663
Experience: 35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC 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
Elliott, LPCC, NCC
Elliott, LPCC, NCC
Mental Health Professional
7663 Satisfied Customers
35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.