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   Posted 12/19/2009 1:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this board. My stepdaughter is 28 yrs. old. The doctors at the hospital where she was admitted Wednesday morning believe she is bipolar and is having delusions. For some reason she is very upset with her father and believes that he molested her, but cannot provide any specifics or even a time when this may have happened. This is so sad and upsetting for her Dad and I. He has always been such a good father and so supportive of her through out her life. She has all the classics symptoms of bipolar disease. Can anyone tell us if delusions like this are common with this disorder? We are so fearful that she will continue to have these delusions and she is telling everyone she knows that he molested her. Why would she turn on those who love her the most? A couple of years ago she felt like she was having suppressed memories of being molested by her mother's boyfriend (when she was a child). She said her mother knew it happened but told her not to tell anyone. Could this incident be mixed up with what she now believes to be true about her father. Any info would be appreciated. We are new to this problem and just don't know where to turn.
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   Posted 12/19/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Waterbaby,

Thanks for your post. I'm so sorry to hear about your stepdaughter's illness. This must be very worrisome and stressful for you and your husband.

Delusions and hallucinations can occur with bipolar, but they usually indicate a pretty advanced state of mania. She needs medications and therapy. Once the mania is under control, she'll most likely have a more rational reaction. I hope her allegations are false, but I hope she also gets to the root of what is truly bothering her, whatever trauma that may be.

Let me direct you to the following sites, which are more appropriate for friends and family of bipolar patients:

Help For Surviving Your Spouse's Mental Illness

Bipolar Significant Others

The Bipolar Spouse

There is also a forum for significant others in NAMI's Online Communities

And one for family and friends at

And the Family & Friends of Bipolar Support Group at Daily Strength.

Our board is generally more for people who are suffering with the illness. I hope you find some help.

Good luck,
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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