Our expert says:
Very sad, Cindy. Many sad adolescents attempt suicide, for a variety of insufficient reasons, but rarely in such a dangerous way as rat poison, and his report of hearing voices is really serious, and suggests either profoundly severe depression ( which can become psychotic in its intensity ) or a psychotic illness such a schizophrenia. WHen you then add that he has apparently thought about and even attempted to kill his mother, this becomes alarming and an emergency. Hallucinations are NEVER caused by dabbling in satanism --- more the other way round --- severely disturbed kids who are miserable and psychiatrically ill are more likely to dabble in satanism.
With the information you supply here, it is hard to believe that any competent health professional could assess such a kid and make NO diagnosis and pass him as fit for discharge --- I find that a frightening thought. URGENTLY the mother must have him competently examined and assessed by one or more competent and experienced local psychiatrists. Mere Psychological testing should be only a minor part of a full and competent assessment ( and the wrong tests will give misleading results ) , which should be done by a really experienced psychiatrist, possibly after a period under observation in hospital. TO discharge him without a proper diagnosis and treatment plan could endanger his life and those of others.
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