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: 7662
Experience:  35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Elliott, LPCC, NCC is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 16 yo daughter was recently hospitalized with suicidal thoughts.

Resolved Question:

My 16 yo daughter was recently hospitalized with suicidal thoughts. She had no plan and made no attempt at harming herself. My husband was told, by the hospital nurse line, to bring her to the ER where she could be evaluated and we would be given options for her treatment. We brought her and she was evaluated by a Social worker and the doctor said he would come and talk to us individualiy and together-that never happened. I was with her the entire time she was in the ER. Next thing we know she was PEC'ed and was sent to a hospital where she spent 9 days. She was started on Celexa 20mg, took it for 3 nights (Friday-Sunday), by the weekend MD. Then on Monday, Abilify 2.5 mg was added and increased each day by 2.5 mg until she reached 10mg "the goal dose" on Thursday night. She was realeased on Saturday. She has been complaining of nausea, dizziness, excessive sleepiness, loss of concentration, constipation since before she left the hospital. I want to get her off of this medication. After reading the reasons for prescribing the medication, the side effects and the proper way of increasing a patient's dosage on the Abilify website, it seems to me this med is not right for her, having only anxiety and depression. I can't get anyone to tell me if I have to taper this drug, or if since she has only been on it a short time and it is causing these side effects, if stopping it cold turkey would necessarily be harmful. Please help me.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 10 months 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 with your situation.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

This is a heart wrenching case of over-reaction and incompetency, in my estimation.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

People have suicidal thoughts but if they have to real plans, do not have the means, or have made no attempts, then these thoughts require talk therapy and counseling, not doses of antipsychotic medication which can leave her in a position of having to be weaned off of them.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

She is also being subject to the side effects of these medications.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Doctors often practice CYA (cover your a_ _) in order to avoid possible future lawsuits. If a patient were to kill themselves the doctor can then show that he gave antipsychotic drugs. These drugs may have rendered her too pacified to kill herself or do anything beyond that.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

There was no need for a nine-day stay in the hospital, according to your accounting of the situation, which I take as an accurate one.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

She cannot wean off of these drugs cold turkey but she can wean off of them slowly.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Your pharmacist should be able to provide you with the proper withdrawal schedule for these drugs to prevent withdrawal effects, which can be serious.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

I hear about cases like this much too often, and though I am a professional, they still anger me for they are ultimately abusive.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

If she weans off of them slowly, then she will recover.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

What she does need is an empathetic, caring, and intelligent therapist who can help her work through her teenage angst. Perhaps her trouble was with a breakup, or with a teacher, or something similar.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Adolescent girls can be very fragile, and they need gentle talk therapy, and not the sledgehammer approach of using powerful psychotropic drugs.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

I am so sorry this happened, but she will recover and hopefully find someone she can talk to, probably an experienced female therapist with lots of empathy and who likes working with adolescents.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

My prayers are with your family.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Warm regards,

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Elliott, MAE, LPCC, CCMHC, NCC

Elliott, LPCC, NCC, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 7662
Experience: 35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC and 5 other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 10 months ago.
Our chat has ended, but you can still continue to ask me questions here until you are satisfied with your answer. Come back to this page to view our conversation and any other new information.

What happens now?

If you haven’t already done so, please rate your answer above. Or, you can reply to me using the box below.

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