I am a mother of a 16 yr old boy with bipolar disorder. He was diagnosed with this about 2 years ago. After educationg myself on this problem, I can see that he has always had many of the same characteristics he has now. The difference now is that he is a young man. No longer a young boy, doing young boy things. Now he is a teenager, doing teenage things which is much harder for me to manage. I just need some advice on how to help him. He is taking lamictal and seroquel. Both of these help very much. I definately know when he has not taken his medicine. He is a very angry person though. He refuses counceling. It is virtually impossible to (make) him do something he doesn't want to do. So, we don't do counceling at this time. It is so very hard to talk to him. He is begining to tamper with marijuana and some alcohol. His grades are very poor. He doesn't have the desire or drive to improve. He has become disrespectful and beligerant. He has so many hateful feelings for his dad. They seem to fight constantly. It just seems as if our home is being torn apart. I am scared for him, worried about him and angry with him all at the same time. His little brother is scared of him. I could go on and on. I just need some advice on how to handle him since he refuses the counceling and the psycologist can only reccomend therapy and prescribe medication. I am lost, and despirate to help my son.
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