I'm so sorry this is happening. It's not typical for bipolar symptoms to show up so late in life; it's a disease that we're born with, it doesn't just develop. Usually signs are in childhood, teens and early 20's.
I really need some other info. I understand she's depressed and can't function, that is defo one side of it. But in order to be diagnosed bipolar, the patient has to have had at least one manic or hypomanic episode lasting more than 4 days, otherwise it's clinical depression.
Here is a list of the symptoms of mania/hypomania, and they aren't slight. You will know if she has had them.
Signs and symptoms of the manic phase (Bipolar I):
Hypomania (Bipolar II) refers to an episode with less extreme symptoms than full-blown mania.
Let us know if she has been like this; either this or the depression will have been present her entire life.
Post Edited (psychnurse) : 8/8/2005 2:45:53 PM (GMT-6)
I am so sorry to hear about your gramma. How old is she? That's a lot of meds, sounds like she may need some reevaluation. Keeping records of her moods and what she says helps, b/c then you can take that to the therapist and say" see, things are not right" and it gives them some direction. I would think they would want to see her-when family says things aren't right, as a student nurse I sit up and listen, because her judgement is most liekly impaired. When I am not doing well, it is usually my fiance that notices first...keep pushin hard for that help!