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July 5, 2011 5:22 PM Subscribe
My number 1 may be suffering from psychotic break. What do I do here?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend of 18 months has had what I can only describe as a "psychotic break". He's always been extremely harmless, and there is nothing indicating otherwise. He has become delusonal and its really upseting me. He has built up this internal value system within the past 3 weeks, and because he is able to validate every assumption with himself, its perfect. What I'm saying is that you can't tell him that he's incorrect about something. He doesn't believe it, and just ignores it.
At first, I thought he was being a jerk. After a LOT of incidents, I realized there is some mental illness behind it. And it just happened. For instance, today I brought him his eggs, and they were "cold". I was told that they were cold because I didn't want him to have hot eggs. I was about to hit him with the frying pan when I remembered he said the exact same thing at Borders when the salesguy didn't have the graphic novel he was looking for. It just seemed like a nerdy joke, and all 3 of us laughed at the time. But thinking about it now, it was done in the same manner. He REALLY believes in what he is saying. I would have just thought that maybe he's being a jerk. But he's lost all emotion in his face. He's never happy, laughing, or even funny. Its just that sad serious voice.
My problem isn't knowing what numbers to call, its in how to get him to go to the doctor. He's had problems with depression in the past, but he believe's he's fine now. How can I convince him to get help? He's resistant to "seeing someone" who may be able to help him. And I'm wondering if he should see a MD or a PHD here?