Hi, that is a real sad story and you both are so young and she's way too young to be suffering so much.
A friend of mine had attempted a few times at overdosing and luckily her family had found her, although they couldn't awake her so had to call for emergency help. I know she had said she did that for attention, so it may be an attention seeking behavior.
Others do not know what they are doing and do not realize how sick they are, they may be hallucinating or delusional or think people are out to get them, they may be full of guilt or fearful of the disease. In any case, it may be some of that. She could be having voices, and sometimes Schizophrenic voices tell people to hurt others or hurt themselves.
Sometimes the medications themselves tend to have a side effect of suicide risk. See what she is on and see if those medications perhaps could be causing any of that. She'll need to be watched like for 24 hrs a day now probably and that can be real hard, but that may depend on laws in your area. She may have to go back to the hospital for another stay, and that can be hard on everyone and especially hard on her. Gosh I feel real bad for both of you!
Two grandparents of mine many long years ago in the 1940's suicided and died, and I never met them. I don't know why, but I think they probably weren't thinking or didn't know what they were doing and were depressed a long time and at that time there wasn't a whole lot to do.
Bipolar is awfully hard to put up with both for the family as well as for the patient that has it. The constant mood swings and the change of being normal to feeling wierd and acting bizarre and people talking about you, and being unsure what is happening is freaky at times. Meds may not be working or may need to be changed and that all causes troubles.
There may have been unpleasant memories at those hospitals she went to, I know that was hard for me as well and I still remember that time many years later!
Have you heard of NAMI, a real good support group for mentally ill and also for family and friends to understand the mental health illnesses better. It's good they usually have movies and speakers and at least a social/support group to talk to others struggling with similar issues.
She'll need your and her family's continued love and support and know that you are there for her. It's hard enough for her with what she is going through now.
There's lots of help online, search for that. There's lots of books at the library and other books to buy on mental illness.
There's also healthier diets and nutrition and Vitamins (B's mostly) and Minerals and Omega 3's and Fish Oils may help as well. See other topics...
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