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   Posted 4/5/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
     I'm just looking for advice of how to help my mother cope with bipolar disorder. It's a real struggle because I'm just 19, trying to make it through college, and I have no financial means to offer her aid. 
     My mother is an alocoholic, and we started realizing something more was wrong after she had been to rehab 7 years ago. I'm 100 % sure that she hasn't had a drop to drink since having gone through treatment. However, I am concerned that she is abusing pain relievers that she takes for her fibromyalgia. Is it possible these might be interfering with medications that she takes for bipolar disorder?
      Another issue my family and I have working against us is that  my mother ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT admit/ talk to us about the fact that she has a mental disorder; she will only communicate with us about having depression.
      Last summer the sheriff's department forcibly removed her from her home and took her to Bryce in Tuscaloosa. Just a few months before she was taken to a horrible facility in Union Springs. She refuses to release her medical information to anyone in our family. We have no idea what's actually going on - we've never even had the confirmation from a medical personel that she is in fact bipolar.
      My mom will stay medicated for a few months - just long enough for you to believe things are going to be okay- then, she gets manic and winds up being taken to these facilities. There's no way of getting a straight answer from her. I'm afraid my family is on the brink. We've been struggling with this for a decade now, and have made no progress.
     Is there no follow-up therapy when you leave a mental health facility? How do we go about getting my mother to admit to us that she has bipolar disorder? No one knows what to do.

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   Posted 4/5/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunally you can't really convince someone to admit that they have a mental disorder. From what you describe she is in denile and there is really nothing you can do to get her to see the light. Many of us had to hit rock bottom several times before we finally admited that we were powerless to control this beast.

My advice is work with what you can and educate yourself about the disorder and be a strong loving influence for your mom. Maybe love will reach thru where yelling and screaming havnt.

Good luck.


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   Posted 4/5/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Try to be patient with your mom. She is in a difficult place. The depression alone can be tough, but to be bipolar on top of it is even more difficult.

Do you have a counselor or somebody that you can talk to about this? I think it would be good for you to go to counseling and get some support and insight about this disorder. It could really educate you on how to handle things. The sad part is that you have to handle it at all, but I can tell that you love your mother and would do anything to help her. And let her know that.

I hope that things get better for you soon. Keep posting, as we are all here for you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/6/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both.
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