Medic Alert bracelets for Bipolar/Manic depression

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   Posted 2/24/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
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Hi everyone.
A question follows my little story so please read on.
I have a 22 year old son that was diagnosed with Bipolar Syndrome at age 12.
During the last 10 years, he has been hospitalized 4 times, for a month or so each time.
This most recent time, his meds were screwed up and he was mixing marijuana and booze with his meds.
This triggered a Manic episode and to make a long story short, was reaching out, hanging with the bad group of friends, and got in to trouble with the law (charged with mischief and assaulting an officer as well as resisting arrest).
The cops must have thought that he was a coked out teenager in the bad part of town and ended up beating the crap out of him.
Had they known that he was bipolar at the time, they would have treated him better and realize that it was a medical condition and sent him to a hospital for proper help instead of sending him to jail.
My question is ~ Is there some type of Medic alert available for this condition that also lists his meds?
This isn't the first time that this has happened. I've been putting up with this BS for 10 years cuz he lives at home with us.
Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.

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   Posted 2/25/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   

I think it would be easy for your son to get a Medic alert bracelet, you simply have to pay for it. It's easy to find their web site, it's the first one that pops up when you google "medic alert". (I shouldn't link to a for-profit website.) You buy the bracelet, sign up for the plan, and they keep his info and all his medications on file. What I'm not positive about is how quickly the police would notice it if he were acting violently. But it does seem like a good idea, and it's not too expensive.

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   Posted 2/25/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Randy,

Sorry to hear about what you have been going through with your son.

I'm with serafena on this one. I too googled "medic alert bracelets" and found many sites available. They come in a lot of cool styles too.

Maybe you can also encourage your son to keep a current list of all the medications he is on in his wallet also.

Hope this information helps.

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