Although this is a lengthy first post, I'll try to keep it short.
Last November my son (18) complained of not feeling like himself. He would be quick to agitate. He would exhibit episodes of agitation, agression, crying, shaking. He would have elevated states of anxiety, depression, agitation for no apparant reason. Never a manic phase, but rather hypomanic (according to dr.)
Now this is a normal, healthy 18 year old kid. Senior in HS, girlfriend, holds a job, good grades, good family.
In March my son (18) was admitted to a Behavioral Health Unit and diagnosed with Unspecified BiPolar (Most likely BP2)
Possible agitated anxiety, Possible Intermittant Explosive Disorder.
Put on Abilify. He has had complications with every drug he has tried. Risperdal, Latuda, Vrylar....
At this point he wanted to try CBD oil since he was esentially on zero antipsychotics. Started with 70mg. full spectrum 0%THC.
Has a script of xanax (.25mg) should things get escalated.
He had done great on the CBD oil for 3 weeks. Happy, calm, content...normal. Like he used to be.
Flash forward to a break up with his girlfriend and all went downhill. I should state that his girlfriend reported
a change in his personality the day of the breakup. I don't feel like the breakup was the sole cause of the mood change.
Back to agitation, anger, unstable mood, etc....
His therapist feels coping skills are lacking. I feel like he can't learn any coping skills in the state he is in.
We are headed back to Psychiatry and I know that the dr. will just want to put him on another mood stabilizer.
He cannot take 2nd gen psychotics so we would be looking at Anticonvulsants (Tegretol)
I should add that the Mental Health resources and levels of care in my area are awful.
I have so many questions. Is it possible the CBD was only effective in controlling his "good" mood?
How do I even know for a fact that we are providing the correct treatment when the doctors cannot
even come up with a definitive diagnosis?
His psychiatrist said if he was truly BiPolar then one of the 2nd gen meds should have worked and CBD would
not be strong enough as a mood stabilizer.
Today, taking nothing, he is angry and agitated. He barely talks about anything other than he feels terrible.
He thinks all I want to do is shove meds down his throat. He is depressed, mad and sad.
I don't know what else I should be doing or asking for at this point.
He is undergoing a ton of endocrinological blood work to look for any red flags.
Any advice is appreciated.
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I don’t feel real. Nothing feels real or alive. I just don’t even know what to do for myself anymore. I feel like I can’t survive this I feel like it won’t get better.
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