Can Bipolar sometimes mimic sociopathic behavior?

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   Posted 7/9/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm asking because my nephew was diagnosed bipolar around 16 yrs of age, who now seems to fit the profile of a sociopath. He has repeatedly lied and stolen from my sister and has had more second chances than I can count. She had thrown him out a while back and he was living with a friend's family. She took him back a few weeks ago after he apologized once again and vowed that he was getting his life on track again. His meds are supposedly balanced. When my family went to visit my sister's family a couple of weeks he went out of his way to be overly friendly and helpful. My sister really thought he meant it this time. It seemed a little over the top to me to be honest. It made me kind of uncomfortabe. A day after we left she found out he stole money and electonics from her to pay for illicit drugs. She also found knives and scissors hidden througout his room. She ended up telling him he had to check into a rehab program or she would get the police involved. He is at a hospital right now and I am hoping that his behavior is a result of an addiction that can be overcome. My sister told me she thinks he's a sociopath and I just read the definition. It sounds about right. Apparently there is no medication that can help it or therapy that has been proven successful? Can any of you tell me if you or your loved ones have ever experienced this as part of the bipolar disorder or maybe because of the combination of illicit drugs and prescription drugs? I am so worried about my sister's safety. She says she's kicked him out for good this time, but she is so kind hearted and I know she wants to believe he can change. I am scared that even if she doen't invite him back into the house that he might harm her in some way.

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   Posted 7/9/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Paniccu,
I am so sorry for what your sister is going through, especially when it is her son.  From what you said about the lieing and stealing, I don't know if he will change.  If it is for drugs, hopefully the hospital stay will help him as he will detox.  This is a tough call because so much is going on at one time.  The bipolar issue and the drug addiction, so it will have to be a matter of time to find out what is going on.  Did your sister talk to the doctor about her suspicions?  Hopefully they will be able to give her his diagnosis and that there will be hope. 
Keep posting and know that we all care.
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   Posted 7/9/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much It's genetic! I will check out that online information. Thank you as well karen. My sister is not able to speak with the doctor because her son, who is legally an adult, will not give her permission to do so. Her husband has spoken to their son and the only information they are getting right now is coming from the son. The hospital he's at will not release any information to my sister so for all they know he might not even be there.

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   Posted 7/9/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that often times bipolar disorder and drug addiction can go hand in hand... in high school I was addicted to amphetamines and prescription painkillers. My addiction was never bad enough that I stole from anyone I loved but often times it led to a lot of lying. If his drug addiction is the root of his problems than it could be treated in rehab but if the issue is more with his personality then I would say It's genetic's post would be far more helpful than mine is.
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   Posted 7/9/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Voix. I really hope it is the addiction. At least that way he can get help and no problem Genetic.

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   Posted 7/15/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I can say that I have been there when it comes to self medicating the disease..I never stole from anyone but the lies to hide it were infinite at times...I was not on any prescription meds so that also was not an issue for me. I did however just get out of detox..and I do know that when I left I was given discharge papers with all my info and treatment that I was recieving..Im 27 but when my mom come for me she had to sign me I would def advise your sister to get those papers from him when he is discharged...good luck xox
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