My son has had various issues over the years, and has already had several psych evaluations (one was ordered while he was in Juvie); but he’s been VERY good at gaming the system. Even therapists who claim to have seen it all, and know all the tricks kids pull, have been fooled by him.
In the last 6 months or so, he has been convinced that everyone is trying to “set him up”–frame him for all kinds of crimes–and that he is being videotaped everywhere he goes. If we use the “wrong” hand gestures while talking to him, he gets upset because he’s convinced that we are signaling somebody. The government is spying on him, the mafia wants him dead. He talks to an “angel” who constantly warns him about the apocalypse. Lately, the story is that Donald Trump is his bio dad, and we are somehow using him to get money and keep it from him. You get the picture. He needs a new diagnosis, beyond depression and “possible ADHD.” I’ve been told some drugs will make the user mimic schizophrenia symptoms, and I know he takes all kinds of stuff.
He is in trouble with the court, and the lawyers say, “You can make them give him a psych evaluation,” but when I ask who I contact, or who “them” is, they aren’t sure, and give me phone numbers for crisis lines. He is a legal adult now, so I don’t have the power I did when he was a minor.
I realize every state has its own laws, but does anyone have experience with anything like this? He has no insurance, because they won’t cover him if he refuses to work and doesn’t have a diagnosed condition to excuse it–but how do we get the diagnosis?
As you can see, I’m lost here…