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My name is ***** ***** I am a psychotherapist in the Metro Boston area of the United States.
I am so sorry to hear about how your son is struggling. I imagine he is struggling with tremendously difficult symptoms and imagine this is difficult for both of you.
Sadly, your son sounds horribly addicted to Xanax and the behavior you witness when he does not take it (anger, rudeness and so on) is a result of him coming off of the medication. Xanax is in the family of drugs call Benzodiazepines and they are highly addictive. Individuals who are prescribed Xanax are only given a small dosage each months here in the states and are advised to only take one .5 or 1 mg tablet a day. Xanax is used to manage the symptoms of extreme anxiety and panic disorder.
The Seroquel is an Antipsychotic and is prescribed for those suffering Bipolar disorder and other mental disorders. If he is indeed bipolar, this medication and dosage is appropriate.
Your son's use of weed as a way of managing his symptoms is incredibly dangerous and without doubt, can bring on a psychotic episode. It is not appropriate to mix Xanax with week.
My recommendation is the following....
--Please have your son go to rehab to de-tox off of the xanax and learn to live a sober lifestyle.
--Have your son work closely with a psychiatrist to determine his true diagnosis as ADHD and Bipolar are treated differently in terms of medication prescribed Individuals with ADHD are given a stimulant and those with Bipolar are given a mood stabilizer.
--After de-toxing your son will not be able to take Xanax any longer as it is highly addictive. His doctors will prescribe another medication that is more appropriate and non-addictive.
--Have your son attend weekly therapy or group therapy sessions to maintain his sobriety.
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Please take good care of yourself and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.