My teenage son (Bryan) is 18yrs old, was diagnosed with manic depression when he was 12. Now he's 18 and his brain hasn't advanced beyond age 12. He's been going in and out of phases every season change, usually Easter weekend and then in late October.We have been to all kinds of doctors and all kinds of meds have been perscribed but now he seems to be getting worse.In June 2001,his manic phase peeked.....to the point where he told his boss to f-off, (then he got fired) dropped out of school, beat the crap out of some kid at school so bad that he had to be hosbitalized, and became very violent at home and destructive and threatened and assaulted his parents, even smoked pot in his room (typical teenage stuff-ARG) He even stole things from the house to sell to get money to support his habit. He stays up all night most nights.
A lot of kids tend to get very violent or get in trouble with the law, then they're autmatically labeled as a "BAD KID" when it's actually a medical condition that can be controlled with medication,
I totally lost control of him to the point where I felt like a stranger in my own house and sometimes, I was afraid to come home from work.The police were called and he ended up in the hosp. for the whole month of July so he could be monitored and detoxed.Now that he's been at home, he's totally gone the other way.He hasn't been out of the house since Nov. 2002, no social life and what concerns me the most:
1) all he does is sleep all day.....wakes up for a few hours and then goes back to sleep.2) constantly eating and the weight gain is incredible.3) Lost interest in everything NO AMBITION AT ALL.4) Very cruel to the pets.
5) He has become very very very annoying and loves to get on peoples nerves (he even has admitted that to doctors) because it's his way of getting attention. He seems to have developed Attention Deficite Disorder (ADD) and loses interest in everything.Everybody is trying to help him but he won't help himself.
Now with his manic depression/bipolar and my epilepsy, it's hard to keep the stress down and you can cut the tension in the house with a knife.
Sorry for the long post but I wanted to vent.
Thanx for the reply.
You're right, I do feel much better if I keep myself occupied both mentally and physically. Since I went on disability retirement, I exercise daily and I'm out every day and walk the dog every day and cut grass and shovel snow for myself and the neihbours(sp).
As for my bipolar son - that's a different story. No matter how hard I try, I can't get him out of bed before 2 or 3pm. When I try, he gets very violent with me. He's even threatened to off me in my sleep.(see my post on the bipolar board "father needs help")
I feel like a stranger in my own home. If things don't go his way, he beats the crap out of me.
With that being said, how am I supposed to keep my stress level down - (major trigger for epilepsy).