How bad is it for a bipolar person to go entirely off their medications without their doctor's knowledge? My adult bp daughter stopped taking her meds about 10 days ago. She lied to her doctor about it at her last visit. She was/is in the middle of a hypomanic period characterized mostly by anger and irritability, rather than euphoria. She told off all her friends, then her boss, lost her job, got into it with her doctor about her medications and finally decided she doesn't think she is bp and stopped taking her medications. As I said, this was 10 days ago now. She is isolating herself in her apartment, but talks non-stop with people on the Internet and phone, talking or texting. She usually rants and argues. I often cannot understand what she's saying. She doesn't sleep for days, then sleeps 20 hours. Often doesn't know what day it is. If I say anything about addressing her illness, or taking her medications, she hangs up on me. As a parent, I'm heartbroken, furious and very scared. So, my question is...how dangerous is it for a bipolar person to go off their medication? What's the best way to protect her from harm when she's in this vulnerable state? Thank you in advance for your thoughts on this.
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