3 thoughts on “Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Son with Bipolar Disorder Not Getting Treatment

  • November 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Is it the medicine that helps treat this disorder? or is it more mental with the individual knowing the meds are supposed to help?

  • December 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    *This turned out longer than I wanted. Basically, working with an individual and getting them to take medications and get help is worth it. It is very hard, and takes a lot of time and effort but it does work.

    Believe me, I am that asshole.

    It’s really both. And it’s always a very fragile situation because whether or not professionals are willing to accept it, the pains that bipolar individuals experience are valid and sane in some sense.

    This can lead one question their own existence, which you hear about a lot in terms of symptoms, but it goes much deeper than that.

    Many would prefer their natural state of being, and you can’t take this away from them. Ultimately, it’s a matter of acceptance. You must embrace the mental anguish and this is extremely hard, as it encompasses the true you, and no professional can deny this.

    Most professionals don’t even have a frame of reference other than their subjective analysis. Nonetheless, medications can help one live within the bounds of society and should be used if this is the goal.

  • December 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I am in the same situation. However, my son refuses help from anyone and refuses to talk to anyone. He was on meds and it helped!! He stopped taking them just before he turned 21 and now refuses to take them at all. He says everyone else is the problem. No one understands. He has not personally threatened anyone else, but he has told others that he think my boyfriend and I should die. He has also said his dad’s girlfriend should die. None of us have done anything wrong. We have other children who have jobs, go to college, have children, etc. He refuses to work or find work ’cause he says he doesn’t want a job he’s going to hate. He says he won’t stick to college classes if the professor tells him what to do. He tried moving around to various families around the country and says nothing makes him happy. Numerous friends of his have mentioned they are a little scared of him and scared to tell him to stop coming by their home. He’s mentioned to others that he’ll beat the living crap out of some of his friends. So what do I do? I want him out of my life, but I know that isn’t the answer, only my fears talking. His dad has been dealing with much more of this than I. He has more patience. What do we do when he refuses ALL HELP!


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