At first I was upset and told him via text that his shortness hurt. He apologized. I (uncharachteristically) replied " whatever". I was crying, but he didnt know it. Than I spoke with you and had a different mindset. A half hour later, i texted again and I told him whatever he is going through that I still love him. Do you still percieve this as him interpreting it as me not providing "unconditional love", knowing the order of events? Thanks for comments
Like in the victim mindset? Perhaps. I heard anxiety in his voice and shortness with me. In fact, the nature of our conversation was him sharing with me about his therapy. Maybe just verbalizing it was hard enough for him. Yet, when I try to make encouraging (genuine) remarks, he downgrades and minimizes them. Either he doesn't feel worthy of my positive observation or appraisal, or doesnt believe them. And I dont sugar coat, I say what I feel. He is hyperfocused on school at the exclusion of socialization, and maybe he feels that he is not good enough and seems hard on himself.
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Super great mood? No
Talking exceptionally fast? I notice more than once he talks fast, but not sure how exceptional.
Reckless in behavior? No, he seems to have a heavy foot when driving but is careful in most other areas of life.
moving fast? No
Mood change from high to low? Not really
my son is taking xanax for anxiety prescribe through a psychiatrist. However, I always felt that his need for organization is strongly connected with trying to stave away feelings of being overwhelmed or anxious
A) A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood, lasting at least 1 week (or any duration if hospitalization is necessary)
B) During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only irritable) and have been present to a significant degree:
1) inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
2) decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep)
3) more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
4) flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing
5) distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli)
6) increase in goal-directed activity (at work, at school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation
7) excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., engaging in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)
C) The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode
D) The mood disturbance is sufficiently severe to cause marked impairment in occupational functioning or in usual social activities or relationships with others, or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features.
E) The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition.
I thought he had GAD. A couple may fit here, but nothing really sticks out. wouldn't some derivitive of OCD also be a possibility? He has social anxiety as well. I knowpeople with bi po.ar are at a high associative risk with OCD. He sleeps more than usual, not less than usual, lol. Item 4 and D are possible, but cant find anything that resembles him here. The description seem to match my other son moreso
No, OCD, okay. Maybe because I didnt describe any known compulsions.
He doesnt seem afraid to go out in general, but feels insecure, or shy I believe. No panic attacks to my knowledge. I agree with the depression and anxiety.
Elliott, I don't know of any obsessions or compulsions, which is why I said that you probably omitted the possibility of OCD
Just a small communication mishap.
He is a male youthful operator of a vehicle and I have been in the car with him when he has had a heavy foot. On the upside, he has never been in a car accident since he had been licensed and is now age 21. However my husband, is downright aggressive when he drives in comparison to my son. Sighhh
Elliott, thank you very much for kind words , great insight and your time.
Blessings to you.