My son was in nursing school, age 27, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. He was going without sleep, but feeling sleep deprived, so he was drinking caffeine energy drinks. He passed a big test, went out with the guys, and overdid the drinking. The next day, he played in a flag football game and got a head injury that required stitches. After the injury, he was sleeping maybe 2 hours a night, and felt terrible. Two days later he has a psychotic break!!!!!
I swear he never exhibited bipolar symptoms growing up. He did have test anxiety and some attention issues in school, but overall was a good student, etc. He did not have extreme mood swings.
As a result of the psychotic break, he was hospitalized, and came out of it, on Seroquel. He has managed ok, but has terrible self-esteem issues because of it. The doctor at the mental health center has now switched him to Abilify.
How can we be sure he needs these meds?? Does he have bipolar or was it just a combination of crap that produced the perfect storm????