Hello, I am new to this forum and am looking for some support and input on other peoples experience with this mental disorder. My father was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder when he was in his early twenties and has had episodes on and off since then. I am currently in my twenties and am experiencing his mania first hand and it is hitting me harder than ever. He becomes very hyper and religious when he is manic and will travel throughout the world with money that he does not have to spend. He is actually currently in jail after becoming agitated one evening and threatening individuals. He had preached to me that he is jesus and never believes that he is manic when he actually is. He also doesn't seem to care about anyone but himself when he is manic. Since he is in jail, they will not give him his lithium so his mania is getting even worse. I was wondering if anyone can relate to the things that I have experienced. If anyone has bipolar i, do you remember the things that you do when you become manic? My father tends to forget a lot of the horrible things that he does during his mania and it is very difficult to deal with. It seriously feels like he is on drugs when he is manic, do you think that is an adequate analogy? I thank you for listening and for anybodies input.
confused and currently feeling 'fatherless'
Looks like you will need to tell the officials in jail that he really needs his medication, so that he wont go in to the deep end. You need to get that done first. My wife is a bipolar and she has been in the manic stage a while and went on the spending spree and thinks that she could heal people, with her special gifts and etc...She is finally getting the help that she needs, but had to be done by commiting her. I know how you feel and I have been there and now stock with a bunch of bills. The only thing that I know to tell you is that do what it takes for your dad to get regular on his meds..That's the only thing that would help him now and dont let up...He will thank you one day. After all, he will always be your dad and he will always love you. Another thing is that, once he gets out of jail, try and take him back to his doctor and get him re-evaluated. Sounds like he may have other issues and may need to be put on diffrent meds.
Good luck to you and will be thinking about you and please pray for my wife also.