Not a whole gaggle of notes, but they're interesting!
The sad fact is that we cannot make anyone change no matter how much we threaten, cajole, or serve as a positive role model.
We can only love and support them, but NOT ENABLE THEM!
I cautioned her to set firm boundaries about smoking around her or in the house. She needs to stay in her own lane and keep herself healthy and moving forward in her own personal growth and make sure that the hefty insurance policy she gets for him stays paid up and enforced.
I mentioned the myriad of "just-for-fun" Death Clocks available online, but that if she wanted some accurate information, she should work through the biological age calculator linked here. Have an accurate scale to measure her weight and a cloth measuring tape (a dressmaker's tape) to take neck, waist, hips and chest measurement.
Get serious about taking steps to improve your life expectancy. May as well feel good as you take the walk of life.
I suggested that he may be an emerging Schizotypal Personality Disorder. Although personality disorders, in general, aren't diagnosed until age 18 because the personality is still evolving, an evaluation will be helpful to determine his profile of strengths and weaknesses. If he is experiencing delusional or hallucinatory behaviors, a medical management plan can be implemented.
Essentially, my initial goal would be to stop the deterioration from becoming full-on schizophrenia.
Areas of focus would be on developing social and coping skills and to educate parents about ways to reduce his anxiety.
This family is in very serious distress. It may help them to learn more about Schizotypal Personality Disorder by doing an extensive online search focusing on only those legitimate medical/psychological sources.
I've written about the basics of Schizotypal Personality Disorder in this blog post.
I've also written extensively about the relationship between Schizotypal Personality Disorder and mass shootings, but that content may be too distressing for parents even though I've presented a comprehensive overview of the disorder.
If his condition is autism, schizophrenia or an emerging Schizotypal Personality Disorder, appropriate and intense interventions are necessary at this time.
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