Yesterday, Lynn posted a comment on our Bipolar Disorder Medication Spotlight: Seroquel. Here’s what she had to say.

My husband is bipolar and has been exhibiting extreme mania for 4 months. In and out of jail, finally 3 weeks in the psych unit. He came out on 900mg Seroquel at night. Isn’t that an extremely high dose for him to still be manic? Of course, he could not be taking it.

Here is my question. How long can this mania go on? His symptoms of depression usually occur in the fall, as he is seasonally affective. Help! I have filed for a divorce after 20 years. Of course, I have been banned from his appointments with no information on his condition, even though I am highly versed in his disease process and am an R.N.

Numerous family members have expressed the same futility and frustration in dealing with bipolar disorder. They want to develop a greater understanding of bipolar and support their loved ones who have the disorder, but they often feel shut out due to privacy policies and doctor-patient confidentiality.

We would like to know what you think about this issue. Do you think privacy laws are counterproductive in helping a loved one who is experiencing a major mood episode or do you feel that people with bipolar should have the same privacy rights as everyone else?