Hi, my teenage step son has been diagnosed with drug induced psychosis in the last few weeks. He’s on antipsychotics, still has periods of mania and even though he hasn’t admitted it we believe it appears he’s hearing voices. What I want to know is when dealing with him when he’s getting agitated and aggressive and manipulative do we ignore the behaviour or do we correct the behaviour when he’s way above baseline? Its hard for his parents to stay calm when he’s absolutely disgusting and disrespectful towards them and believe me that is not the kid we all know and love and I don’t blame them, its hard to stay calm when you hear some of the things coming out of his mouth. But any ideas whats best? Do you let your frustrations out with him or do you ignore it and deal with it when he’s come out of his episode? Yes he is unwell and honestly there isn’t any point arguing with someone that isn’t listening or cares but no you can’t go around treating people like that. Its a tough one really.
Thanks for your help. Appreciated.