• 3 months ago

    Worried mom

    I have a adult son with mental illness living in my home. He refuses any long term hospital stay. But it is more then needed. I believe he is using adderall to help him think and write. But the adderral is causing him to become more psychotic. He hears voices. He argues with them sometimes screaming at them. He claims they are hurting him physically, screams in pain. He thinks he has someone maybe the government who is useing mindcontrol on him. He is being treated by a dr at the local health dept. He see's him monthly and is being prescribed scicotic medications for schizophrenia. His need for adderrall is in my opinion in the way of his treatment. But i cannot get him to stop useing it. What can i do to help him? I feel he needs to be in a hospital or in house long term care at a rehab . to clean this drug out of his system and allow him to see for himself that he is much better without it. What can i do to get him this help? He is a adult .

Responses

  • 3 months ago

    RE: Worried mom

    I would call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - you can have a look at their website here https://www.nami.org/

    Who We Are
    NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

    What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

    They have a helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org

    The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.

    I'm not 100% sure they would be able to give you some direction, but if anyone can, they would! If not them directly, I'm sure they could lead you in the right direction.

    You could also contact any of your local mental health facilities, but I would contact NAMI first.

    Oh, you can go to this page on their site to find a local NAMI
    https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Treatment-Settings

    I hope this helps!

    Debbie
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Worried mom

    I was once on dexidrine for ADHD and found I had the same problems. I did lick it pretty easily but lost faith with the mental health Drs. I went years without seeking any help an see my behavior landed me in Federal prison. Of all places that is where I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. I do still take a non-adfedimine for my ADHD and have no problems. Once you start taking or over taking addrrall or something like it you don't want to stop. Sex is better, you think every idea is great and you get a lot done. Down side: it makes all your or issues much worse. It was not worth it in the end
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Worried mom

    I'm not a mental health professional, but my mother suffered from schizophrenia.

    I am very sorry to hear that it is your adult son that you have to stand by and watch his suffering without being able to do much to help, since he is an adult and can't be forced to be admited to a facility....unless he does something like commit a crime and get arrested.

    Where is he getting the adderal from? Can you somehow intercept the source of his supply? Did you tell his doctor about his use of the adderal? It sounds like your son should be seeing someone more frequently than once a month, is it possible to make that happen?

    All the very best of luck with this, please keep us posted on progress.

    Gabi
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Worried mom

    Worried mom-
    Does he take adderall for adhd? Or you just think he's getting it somewhere?