I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. Schizophrenia does not cause seizures. There is higher risk of substance use disorders in those with many mental health diagnoses, some of which may be associated with seizures, for example, alcohol withdrawal, sedative withdrawal, stimulant/designer drug/synthetic cannabis use. Use of some of these substances can also cause psychotic episodes which may mimic the beginnings of schizophrenia, and such substances may also not be readily detected on standard drug screens. You may also consider consulting with a neurologist to rule out the possibility of an organic neurological cause for both the seizures and the psychotic disorder if not already done. Finally, antipsychotic medications used to treat schizophrenia can lower the seizure threshold and lead to increased risk of seizures in some patients. These are all things that would be good to discuss further with your son’s psychiatrist. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. This is a very common issue for those who struggle with addiction especially to pain medications; that is to also have some sort of chronic pain. Often the pain leads to the medication use, at times leads to tolerance to the medication effect and overuse and at times leads to addiction. It would be important for any treatment program to address the pain medicine addiction with an evidence based model, including potentially use of medication-assisted treatment, therapy (both group and individual settings are appropriate). Along with such, it would also be important not to forget about the pain treatment as well. Some types of medications utilized for pain medication addiction can help with pain as well, however it may be beneficial to work with either a neurologist or pain management group who are aware of your pain medication addiction history, to adequately address pain needs with alternatives to narcotic type medications. This might include use of alternate strategies for pain management even including non-mediation options you could discuss with pain specialists (things like acupuncture for example). Lastly, it would be important to consider any potential need for mental health treatment as pain and addiction are often intertwined with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and others. A multimodal approach targeting all of these facets may prove most useful. Also consider different types of addiction treatment programs exist, they are not all created equal, and they are not one-size fits all. There is hope, and not everyone gets it on their first try. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. Celexa, or citalopram, is an antidepressant medication not associated with an addictive potential. In general, ones body does make adjustments for having antidepressants in it, which can result in symptoms of discontinuation if the medication is stopped abruptly - but this is not addiction. Often antidepressants are dosed once daily and the schedule is provided by your prescriber. One should not take a medication in a way other than prescribed. If you find you are having trouble with how the medication is working, timing, or side-effects, these are certainly things to discuss with your provider. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for schizophrenia. There is ongoing research to better our treatments and understanding of schizophrenia. A comprehensive treatment plan with a multimodal approach include medication, therapy, social worker
/ case management services, vocational engagement / training, family support, partial / day programs can be useful. There is a range of functional level in people with schizophrenia, however for the highest likelihood of stability, treatment including use of medication is typically life-long. Take care.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. A professional mental health provider such as a psychiatrist or psychologist would be the appropriate person to see for an evaluation for depression. If you are having suicidal thoughts, getting an evaluation as soon as possible would be important, including consideration of utilizing a local emergency room for immediate care to prevent self-harm. There are crisis / suicide hotlines readily available that can be found online, including a national hotline (tel:1-800-273-8255). There are effective treatments for depression that can help those struggling to feel better. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. There are non-medication options that have evidence for depression, however often a combination of medication and therapy is most helpful. Psychotherapy alone may be utilized if you want to try with alternatives to medications. Exercise has evidence of benefit to mood. Also consider importance of good nutrition, as well as good sleep hygiene practices (you can research these further online). There may be some role for omega-3 fatty acids for depression, which come from fish in your diet, keeping in mind there is at least an increased theoretical bleeding with use of omega-3 supplements. Continuing with nutrition, deficiency states in vitamins D and B may also play some role in depression, so ensuring adequate intake can be helpful. Some people with a seasonal pattern to depression may find benefit from using “S.A.D. lights”, especially if you notice more depression in winter months. These are all things to discuss with a mental health provider. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. An intense fear of something specific like heights would likely be classified as a type of phobia. Psychotherapy is the best treatment for phobias, specifically a type of behavioral therapy called exposure therapy. In this therapy you work on relaxation to reduce fear while gradually exposing yourself to the feared stimulus. You can seek out a psychiatrist or psychologist to do this type of therapy. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. Chronic pain conditions are associated with increased risk for depression. Since both conditions have a nervous system basis, they can affect each other. Some people experience worse pain when feeling more depressed, and likewise some people experience pain more intensely when depressed. It can be helpful to address both pain control and attend to mental health when depression and pain occur together. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. This is an interesting question. It is thought there is a strong component of compulsive behavior in addictions, and compulsive behavior is seen also in obsessive compulsive disorder. Addictions do occur in the absence of OCD, so the compulsive drug seeking behavior isn’t as much due to the OCD as it is a result of changes in the brain from the addiction to sustain that new addicted state. Those with mental health disorders are at increased risk for addictive disorders, including those with anxiety disorders like OCD. Thank you for the question.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. That is a question you should discuss directly with your prescriber. It is possible some medications utilized to treat psychiatric conditions may negatively affect your thinking, but it would depend on which specific medication you are taking. Keep in mind also depression can at times contribute to poor concentration and inattention, which may affect recall. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. Consider having him evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist, which is a psychiatrist who has special training in managing such a case. Only after a proper evaluation to confirm a diagnosis, if any, in regard to mental health, could recommendations be made. In general patients dealing with depression may be treated with antidepressant medications and/or psychotherapy depending on the individual case and partly patient preference, which you could discuss further with the geriatric psychiatrist. Best of luck.
I am not your doctor and the following is not medical advice. Panic attacks and anxiety in general are very treatable. Consider making an appointment with a psychiatrist, who can do a full evaluation to determine if and what diagnosis may be, and discuss potential treatments if indicated. In general, there are quite effective medications for anxiety and panic (for example antidepressants) as well as therapies (for example cognitive-behavioral therapy). Often a combination of medication and psychotherapy can be the most helpful for anxiety. Best of luck.