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Scared Mother

My son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22. He was taking Focalin at the time for ADHD. He took Depakote for a while but stopped after about 6 months because he said it didn’t help.  He had a good job then, but was having very bad anxiety so he quit. Things got worse after that. He is 24 now and hasn’t worked in 5 months. He said he can’t because of anxiety and can’t think. Does bipolar disorder “peak” in mid 20′s, or get worse? He is now taking Lithium and that is scary too. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a very good question. Being a mother who has Bipolar and just had her son diagnosed with Bipolar not too long ago I can relate to this question. This can be a scary time in both the parents and the child’s life. It’s quite common for teens and young adults […]

Posted by Christine   |    February 21, 2014   |   7 Comments

How do I help my sister who has bipolar so that her kids don’t continue to suffer?

My sister has bipolar and has no motivation to do anything for her or her five children. Yesterday, she accidentally locked my nephew in the car and it was no big deal to her.  Another time she was about to feed the kids raw meat until I intervened and re-cooked it for them. My mom and I have to do everything for her while she just sits there and watches us. How can we help her to start functioning again? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Your sister is so blessed to have you in her corner.  For everyone with bipolar disorder, there is a learning curve.  I am now able to do things for myself that I once needed help with.  Sometimes doing the little things (helping with laundry if she’s in a depressed mood swing or all the things you mentioned) can go a long way.  At the same time, she needs to […]

Posted by Jessica   |    February 19, 2014   |   One Comment

He Lost His Battle with Mental Illness …

They say it all the time, “He lost his battle with Heart Disease.” or “She just couldn’t beat that Cancer.” BUT You never hear, “He lost his battle with Mental Illness.” or “She just couldn’t beat her Bipolar.” Why? Why does it always go something more like, “He committed suicide.” or “She killed herself!”? Because that IS what it goes like every time. She offed herself, he hung himself, he put a bullet in his brain, she went and OD’d. There is so much disgust in each and every one of those statements. So much shame. So much disappointment. A well-known young adult author, Ned Vizzini, died yesterday. “According to the Los Angeles Times, Vizzini committed suicide.” Which is not only sad and heartbreaking, it is also a tragedy that it has to be said so plainly, so bluntly and in such a way that it shames his name. I know, […]

Posted by Marybeth   |    December 20, 2013   |   6 Comments

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