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I am seeking help in dealing with my 27-year-old son. He struggles with understanding instructions, advice and living independently which causes him to be very anxious, stressed, paranoid and angry. I feel that he has never been accurately diagnosed. He takes meds for depression, anxiety and bi-polar. I’m not sure if they are helping or hurting.

He is very excessive in everything that he does (examples: using a half a bottle of dish detergent to wash dishes or overfeeding pets). He is easily manipulated by the wrong people and gets into trouble easily. He is currently in legal trouble for anger problems. What could be causing these problems? He comes from a loving, caring, supportive family. He lives somewhat independently with the help of myself and his Dad. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Problems with Comprehension and Understanding

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Based on your description, it’s not clear what’s wrong. His symptoms are not indicative of a particular mental health condition.

It might be best to focus on his stabilization rather than his diagnosis. Diagnosis is not an exact science. Many disorders require similar treatments. For instance, people with bipolar depression and major depressive disorder, might be prescribed the same type of medication.

Your goal should be finding a team of professionals who can help your son. A psychiatrist can manage his medications. A caseworker can manage his legal problems and independent living. A therapist can teach him anger management and interpersonal skills.

Your local community mental health center might be able to help. Ask about adult wraparound programs. The heart of wraparound programming is providing an infrastructure of services for people with complex treatment needs.

Clinical research trials might be another option. Local universities or medical centers need participants to test novel mental health treatments. You can learn more by reviewing their websites or contacting your local health department.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Problems with Comprehension and Understanding

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Problems with Comprehension and Understanding. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from
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