... self induced I told them I cud member when my dad wud b all crazy n I didn't the time he was bipolar n also I added to it by starting to use drugs at a very very young age! My older son Is gonna b10 n I've noticed since he was 4 he had bipolar I just see all the symptoms their just not that strong yet n I will not put him on meds until he is old enough to understand all this but ive told him he's like me with the ways we r alike n he said I know but fully don't understand WUT it is!.so any suggestion wud help and very much b appreciated thx hope to hear from one thx!
Not so sure that I would agree that bipolar disorder is self-induced but definitely agree that there is a genetic component and an environmental one. Drug use is a very common problem among bipolar people as they try to self-medicate. We also learn our coping strategies from out parents and hence the environmental factor. Fortunately the disorder can be controlled by medication and therapy. Are you getting this kind of help?
Hi Bianca hosey, & welcome to the site. I would encourage you & your son to see a psychiatrist as soon as possible. My husband has been bipolar all his life. At the age of sixteen he started to try suicide as a way out of it all. At 10, I would imagine that your son has also had some of these thoughts. You say you turned to drugs as a way out. That didn't work, & you surley do not want your son to do this either. He is at the age where this is very likely to happen. My husband did not get a diagnosis until he was 50 years old. Becaue he has had terrible physical problems all his aldult life, he always blamed the suicide attempts on his physical pain & talked the psychiatrist into letting him go blaming his being tired of of the physicl pain. The last time this happened was 10 years ago, & he almost died. The doctor on call that weekend, was the one who finally diagnosed him as bipolar & has treated him ever since.
I can't tell you the number of times in our marriage that his bipolar illness which is what it is, almost caused our marrige to break up. Now that he is being treated with the proper medications he is happier, & doesn't not want to end his life anymore. You just can't imagine the difference it has made.He will always be ill physically, but has better coping skills. There are psychiatrists that deal only with children. My husbands is one, & he is his only adult patient. They just hit it off so well, that he (the doctor) agreed to keep him a a patient. It is so important that you both get treatmnet as soon as possible. Life is beautiful no matter what. Please don't let your child suffer needlessly. It takes time with psychiatric meds to find the right combinations, but help is there, so please reach out for both of your sakes. I tell you this from the bottom of my heart...
I can tell you with no hesitation that research has shown that Bipolar disorder is indeed linked genetically. There is also a diagnosis in which people are diagnosed with Bipolar that are said to have Bipolar with a dual diagnosis of alcoholism or drug addiction or both.The dual diagnosis is very common in people with Bipolar due to the complexity of the disorder and that some people who have it use drugs, alcohol or both to self soothe, manage their symptoms, and control their mood swings. I also remember from psychology class (from when I was in college) that Bipolar tends to emerge the most during the early adulthood to mid-twenties (I am not saying it can't happen earlier by this because it can for sure) I hope that this helps you with some of your question if not all!! Best wishes to you!!
First thing I would do would be to report that "Dr" to your state's medical board. Mental Health Discrimination is rampant among medical "professionals", so beware and please stand up for yourself and your son. Bipolar is a biological illness. Saying it can be self-induced is paramount to saying I (a male) can make myself pregnant. I wish you all the luck in the world.
I am 52 yrs old and was diagnosed Bipolar 1 in 1988. I was your typical Bipolar person who turned to drugs and alchohol at a very young age. I was suicidal alot also. I contributed it to being sexually abused as a child.(PTSD) (post traumatic stress disorder). I was also very permiscuos as an adult. As far as "Self Induced" goes. Your psyc is unfortunately Book Learned, and in MY opinion, He needs to go back to school or to every seminar he can get to. My psyc was great. She was also Bipolar and ADHD. She was the only one of my psycs that actually understood the disorder. Unfortunately she retired. She had her own psyc. As for your son, at his age he might be able to learn about it. Young minds are amazing ! Bipolar is know to be hereditary. I soon found out that my Maternal grandmother had 2 hospitalizations for mental problems. Then they were called Nervous Breakdowns, compared to Episodes as they call them now. My mother is Bipolar also.
Out of 8 kids in my family, 4 of us are Bipolar. 2 of my 3 children are also Bipolar. We all have ADHD, Obsessive Compultion, Anxiety, Major Panic attacks, Agoraphobia and so on. This is definitely hereditary. I'm sure you have heard this before and really don't need to hear my story. I research Mental Disorders alot and have found alot of answers. Good Luck and May God Bless You and Yours as he has Blessed Me. Stacey
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