I happy to say my partner finally allowed me to join him to his psychiatrist appointment. He thinks she does not have his best interests in mind and sometimes also believes she’s paid off by his “enemies” and I encouraged him to let me come see for myself and help advocate for him for better treatment.
She asked him blunt questions that I can’t picture anyone answering honestly. Staring at her computer screen the whole time and typing away with his response to each question she rattled off her list… have you had thoughts of committing suicide? Of hurting anyone else? Are you experiencing hallucinations? Are you angry? All like she had no concern for him. He didn’t answer any of them honestly bc there was no room to open up about them, no interest in him as a person.i saw why he is frustrated with her.
I was able to voice many of his symptoms and press for more answers to many questions so we had for a better understanding of what to do. I also made sure she knew he is smart talented and normally very productive when he is at his best.
We are now going to try zyprexa as he has severe agoraphobia now and has been on risperdal for over a month or two now. Later on in the meeting she told him (again, apparently as she made it known she had told him before) that he has anosognosia. Even as she started to bring it up I gave her a look, told her I was familiar with what it is she was about to say and silently implored her to leave it alone (she didn’t catch my drift). I just don’t feel that telling him he can’t comprehend his illness is the right route to helping him see it. He brought up after how upset he is that she implies this. He does not think his beliefs that his neighbors are out to get him and that a rich powerful man is using electronic harassment to control his thoughts and has plans to hurt him could be related to his mental illness. And he would never tell her that he has these thoughts.
But he did tell me how grateful he was to see me in there defending him, asking lots of questions and requiring her to hear out what he is experiencing and the negatives of his medications.
His biggest complaint was that she doesn’t actually listen to him and i have to say he was right. He also is beginning to admit to me that he now realizes he has something going on mentally, he refers to it as being bipolar (and maybe that is the case- the mood stabilizer meds cover bp and sz). He’d been waking up every day with severe anxiety and mostly sleeps, can’t leave the house and had days where we didn’t talk bc it was too much for him to try acting “normal”. Today waking up from his first dose of Zyprexa he acknowledged that it was a better morning than they had been.
Anyone have any wins with Zyprexa? She did mention it is not a longterm drug and didn’t seem.to know how to tell me what side effects could occur (thank goodness for Google). Also any stories about dealing with crappy doctors or ones that are blunt about telling a patient they have symptoms they just don’t believe are there (she got this info from his mom’s statement to doctors when he went to ER). I am working on helping him see this possibility but I know it’s gonna take some time