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 you.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : If your son has had a manic episode and also a psychotic episode he is either suffering from, most likely, Bipolar Disorder (with Psychotic Episodes), or Schizoaffective Disorder, bipolar type.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : The difference is whether or not the episodes run together.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : If your son is having a manic attack, you will have to do your forceful best to break his train of racing thoughts and talkativeness by distracting him with questions and interrupting him, politely of course.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : It might be hard to get his attention but all you can do is try as persistently as you can.
Customer: I know medications can help but as I understand it they don't guarantee that another episode will take place. Is reducing stress and living a healthy lifestyle the best that a person can do to try and prevent another episode?
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : He will be easily distractable so you will have that to your advantage.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Absolutely.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : This disorder is also somewhat hereditary, and so he may have a tendency towards it.
Customer: Thanks, ***** ***** planning to work on the healthy lifestyle and probably switch to a less stressful job. Yes he is dealing with genetics
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : He should avoid caffeine and other stimulants, get lots of exercise, and try to harness his energy in constructive ways. A person in a manic state can actually be very productive workwise and tend toward goal-directed activity. He may have to be guided in that direction.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : The key to getting and keeping is attention is repetition and persistence.
Customer: Thank-you so much for your support and advice. You have been wonderful. I will now give you an excellant service rating.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Antipsychotic medication or mood stabilizers should be very helpful.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : Thank you so much. I shall keep him, and all of your family in my prayers.
Customer: Yes, the medication is already working well. Thanks again and I appreciate the prayers.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC : A quick word of encouragement: during my internship, my supervisor was a psychiatrist with bipolar disorder, under treatment by HIS psychiatrist. He functioned very well and in fact was chief resident in psychiatry at a major teaching hospital. He told his new bipolar patients, "welcome to the club". May God bless and protect your family.