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A 17-year-old male asked:

My mother suffers from schizophrenia and doesn't take her medicines and also she doesn't agree to visit a doctor what should i do? i am worried!

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Psychiatrist: If she has a psychiatrist, i would contact him or her and share your concerns. Unless your mother has provided written authorization, he or she will not be able to provide you information about her treatment. However, psychiatrists can usually accept information even if they can't divulge it.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Common problem: Unfortunately, poor insight is part of the illness. I agree with dr fowler about contacting your mother's psychiatrist if she has one. If you feel she is a danger to herself or others, call 911 and law enforcement can file for involuntary evaluation and possible hospitalization. For support go to www.Nami.Org to find your local chapter of national alliance mentally ill resource for families.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Excellent response. Heidi
Feb 22, 2013
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Not unusual: Sometimes people have unrealistic fears about medications or maybe she has had bad experiences with the side effects of medications. A good place to start would be with some education. Perhaps your health care provider would agree to a consultation session with your mother just for educational purposes where her concerns and options could be addressed. Good luck!

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