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My son, born 1/25/92 is...
My son, born 1/25/92 is in severe depression. He has had 5 episodes of completely shutting down, uncommunicative, unmotivated, aimless wandering. I took him out of school twice, the 2nd time for good. The episodes were 12/9/0, 1/10/10, 3/26/10, 5/1/10, 6/11/10. He was prescribed Symbyax 5/16 which was working well until 6/11. He smokes marijuana, has experimented with acid, ecstasy, mushrooms that I know of. Should he be hospitalized so that doctors can determine his core problems? I am concerned, worried. Please advise. Denise DXXXXXX
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I would take him to a hospital that would do a comprehensive evaluation for any substance abuse and/or psychiatric disorders he has. The things that you're describing and his age can really go either way on this one, and someone with time and experience can sort it out. He certainly needs help and if you're not getting it right now as an outpatient, I would go further. If there is a university hospital psychiatric unit near you, I would go there.

It's a very critical age, and you're thinking the right things...keep following through.

My best to you.

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