You may have seen my posts before. My 32 yr. old daughter is bipolar and has been manic for seven months now. Her mania has been characterized by anger, irritability, self-righteousness, and reckless behaviors, such as drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, and spending more money they she has. She went off her meds, lost all her friends, her job, and her roommate. Her only friend left is someone who is a bipolar cocaine abuser. I had my daughter hospitalized last Friday because she was screaming and crying uncontrollably and afraid she might jump out her window.
Now she's in the hospital. She is still exhibiting faulty thinking, pressured speech, self-righteous anger--she is making a case against the hospital employees because her rights are being denied. She wants to get out of the hospital and insists she is well enough to go home. At the same time, she's still refusing some meds, not all, and yesterday explained a scheme to me to get money by writing bad checks to live off of until her disability kicks in, if I won't give her money, which I don't have but she refuses to accept that. She tells me I should sell something.
My question is, how do you talk to a person during a manic episode like this? She cuts me off if i disagree with her, but I feel like I'm condoning her faulty thinking when I don't speak up. I have had some flare ups with her already--I recently reported here that she was not speaking to me. I try to be careful and I am sensitive to her illness--too sensitive according to my husband who is more of a "tough love" kind of person and does not understand this illness at all. Does anyone have any recommendations on what approach to take with her?
Another question is, do these medications actually work on mania? My daughter was the picture of responsibility and discipline before this illness. I have never seen her like this before. I'm very afraid.
Best regards to everyone,
Published On: December 13, 2007
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