Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'm here for my friend who has a combination of severe depression and suspected schizophrenia
She is attending a psychiatrist, who prescribes some medications, and to talk-therapy psychologist as well. She - according to herself - feels very suicidal, and I once had to call 911 when she threatened to commit suicide and she spent a few days in a psychiatric unit in a hospital.
Given that background, and despite the treatment she is getting (a few different pills), she keeps getting severe, for a lack of better word, psychosis
she would cry, say she feels extreme fear without explaining whats up, and says "`they` are not helping me" and "no one is helping me", and "I can't wait until these drugs will work and I will commit suicide now/today/soon".
My question is, what can be done in this case? How long does it usually take for anti-depressants and anti-schizophrenia drugs to take effect? (she takes anti-depressants for half a year, and anti-schizoph. drugs for a couple of month)
What else can be done, just talking in a calm manner/being there does not seem to do any good and seems to be doing only worse?
Is it possible that another psychiatrist may be more qualified and knows about better pills (with all due respect to her current specialist), or specialization/experience does not matter for this profession?