Best Solution for Manic Episode? Please Help!

Should the manic man be committed?
No. Let in run its course. - 0.0%
Yes. Call the men in white jackets ASAP. - 50.0%
Just keep telling him that he is loved but needs help. - 50.0%

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/26/2008 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My best friend is suffering form his second manic episode.

The first (which occurred about two years ago) lasted over three months, and resulted in his being arrested for disturbing the peace and being committed.

He has once again lost touch with reality. He is not sleeping, is very caught up in his own world, and is constantly preaching nonsense. He is clearly incapable of thinking clearly or communicating with others.

He has alienated his family (they left him out of Christmas Eve).

Obviously, he responds very negatively when accused of being manic again and refuses to take an medication (although he drinks etc).

What is the best course of action? Should he be kept contained in a safe environment or committed?

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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Eris,

Welcome to Healing Well and to the bipolar board.

You can only commit someone if they are a danger to themselves or others. Your best course of action is to try and talk him into getting to the hospital or back onto medication, despite his negative reaction. There's unfortunately not much else to be done. The negative reaction is part of the mania. I'm sorry I can't be more help. I wish you luck.

It's good he has you to care about him.

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   Posted 12/26/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serafena,

Thanks for the input. But, it seems he IS a danger to himself and others. His thought processes are not rational and he is capable of anything.

Although he has not done anything dangerous this round he was out of control during his last episode. We were living together and he did things like sit in broken glass, bleeding and claim it was comfortable, pick up extremely sketchy/ homeless characters from the streets and bring them home to chat, punch a hole through a wall, etc.

For all I know he is perfectly capable of jumping of a roof (by accident), befriending god-knows-who, and or otherwise harming himself.

In fact, I have a feeling that calling the cops on him would result in his being committed. The question is: will HE be better of in an institution or at home?

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/26/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
fwiw, i think its best for him to go to the hospital. as you said, he is capable of anything, and that is including hurting himself or others. if i was in his shoes id want to be committed so i could get the right meds and be watched. i know it is a decision that is not taken lightly, so please do think about what is best for your friend.
just my 2 cents.

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   Posted 12/26/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
It is very important when you are not thinking straight to get help.  You can just break from reality and not remember trying to hurt yourself, if things get any worse call the crisis line they will help you.  I do not know where you live but call a local hospital to get the information and have it near to you and him.  I will pray for him.

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   Posted 12/27/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the feedback guys

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   Posted 12/27/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I hear lot's of might harms, maybe he'd and all kinds of other speculation, but with all due respect, I don't think it fair or reasonable to institutionalize. Suggest it certainly, offer to drive him if he wants to go, but to turn him in to the authorities for what "he might do", Nope. If he is drinking his CNS will eventually wind down and then he's going to be one sorry puppy, that's where you give him your little speech about "now you know , those meds are not to be taken lightly"no pun intended.Gosh, golly, miss molly, if they locked me up everytime I stepped over the mania line, I'd be a permanent guest of the state.

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