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Symptoms of bipolar disorder and the prescribed medications

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My son has been diagnosed as Bipolar 1. He was in a manic state and had to be arrested due to assaulting his father approximately five years ago. After his probation ended we found out that he had been spitting out his medication during that time and stopped taking any medication, seeking professional help, etc. That was five years ago. He no longer takes medication, seeks professional help. He refuses to admit he had this disease. He has been diagnosed a rapid cycler. He has completely isolated himself in his room cutting out any social activities or friends which he previously had. Previously he was quite social. At this point in time we do not know what to do. He does not need any punishment. We need help so he sees a doctor and get well as much as possible. What did other people in a similar situation do. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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replied June 8th, 2009
Bipolar Disorder Answer A6750

Bipolar I disorder is a mood disorder in which at least one manic or mixed episode has happened. Episodes of hypomania or major depression might be present, too. During the manic episode rapid speech, racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep, and impulsiveness might be experienced. In the major depression depressed mood, sleep disorders, extreme fatigue, and slow motility might be experienced.

The treatment for bipolar disorder includes medications and psychotherapy. Lithium carbonate and lamotrigine are often used to treat bipolar disorder. The acute manic episodes might require use of antipsychotic medications, such as chlorpromazine, olanzapine and quetiapine.

Psychotherapy might include cognitive behavioral therapy, family-focused therapy, and psychoeducation.

Lack of desire for any social activities might be a sign of depression. The medications that are usually prescribed are so specific that permission only from a psychiatrist is needed in order to stop taking them.

You have to find a way to take him to a psychiatrist. A social service worker might be able to help you. A home visit by a psychiatrist or psychotherapist might be helpful. In the end, if medications are prescribed you must be sure that he is taking them.

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