Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
153 Doctors are Online

Schizophrenic, having psychotic episode. Demanding cigarettes. Should we call the crisis line?

My son is schizophrenic and is having a psychotic episode. This all started when he forgot a package of cigarettes at our house. I have control of his finances and he is given money twice a week for spending. His rent is paid through bank withdrawal. He has $100.00 each week for groceries (groceries shared with his roomate) and spending. He realized he left his cigarettes at our house and wants to come over and get them. He gets his money twice a week Tuesday and Fridays. He decided that he wants what he wants now and we had better oblige. He has been extremely abusive, telling us that he will break into our house, have us taken away as his trustee, cursing, and carrying on like we are his worst enemy. He has been leaving messages on our phone. I did contact the hospital where he receives his medication for his condition. I know that they cannot talk to us because he is over 18 but they can listen to what we have to say. What is your recommendation at this point. Should we call the crisis line?? Or wait for the doctor to call us back?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Jun 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  50
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
General & Family Physician 's  Response
From the history given here its difficult to confirm the diagnosis of Schizophrenia. Tell me his age so that we can get a proper diagnosis. One differential diagnosis which can be raised provisionally at this stage is of oppositional defiant disorder.
Answered: Thu, 15 May 2014
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor