Hi, Dee - your friend is very lucky to have a friend like you; we don't always have that, since most people don't understand and just can't deal with us. Bless you.
"Shocking" behaviours are a part of the disease, can't be BP without them! What has she done? Can you elaborate on what she is like right now, that has you concerned? Paranoia is a part of it, too, she should be taking an antipsychotic for that, and for sleep among other things, (Seroquel, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify).
BP is extremely hard to treat; it's complicated and all of us are as different as fingerprints, because we all have different aspects of it, which are numerous. There has to be a "cocktail" of meds that work on all the symptoms. As if that wasn't enough, the symptoms are always changing because our brain chemistries are always changing, so the meds are always needing a "tweak" in the dosages, or just a total change of medicine altogether. It takes alot of trial and error. People seem to have this idea that if we "just take our meds" we will be all better. Not true!!! It has to be the right mix. Lithium doesn't work for everyone, and if it does work, there are other meds to be added, too, alone won't treat everything.
The key is to be in very close and frequent contact with the pdoc, esp in the beginning. If something isnt working, don't just continue taking it, tell the pdoc and try something else. It's the only way to find the right mix. Keeping a mood journal is a good idea, we forget day to day how we were sometimes. Family members or very close friends are the best at detecting our moods, not us. Many times, we think we;re fine when it's obvious we are too high, and may be completely unreasonable. We think we're making sense, but nobody else is smart enough to get it. It's tough dealing with us, I think my husband is a saint.
Please tell us more about your friend, not just what she takes, but what she was like before the hospital, and now, all of her symptoms.
Have you read about bipolar, other than the websites who tell you "either too high and euphoric or very depressed".? That is so vague, it doesn't really say anything. There is so much more to know. I am so glad you found us, I really look forward to hearing more from you.
That's right, with all the MRI and PET scan studies of our brains, there is nothing they can actually see in us; they suspect a combination of chemical imbalances and neuron misfires.
Apparently you posted while I was replying to the previous post; read my post there, too.
I'm soooooo glad we could help and that you understand as well as anybody without BP can.
LOL it seems that most of us get involved in the paranormal and, obsession about any type religion is very common.
Bless you for asking about taking the kids - trust me, she needs some quiet time. Noise and chaos triggers mania, or makes it worse.
Thanks for trying to find out how to help her, going straight to the source! Do keep us posted, we always like to know how they are.