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how to help someone with manic depression, who doesn't necessarily want to be treated?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Support, guidance, educate, reassure, role-model. Finally, acceptance of what you cannot change.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Ali.: It is hard to help someone who is unwilling to accept help. Call 911 if the person becomes a risk to self or others. Work to maintain support while simultaneously keeping healthy boundaries.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
They have to want it: Your friend has to want therapy and medication, and all you can really do is encourage him/her to seek both and engage deeply and meaningfully in the therapeutic process. You simply cannot do it for him/her, much as you'd like to. You can either be his/her friend or therapist. You cannot be both, and even though you want to see him/her get better, trying to be both simply will not work.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
MANIC DEPRESSION: If someone is in a full-blown manic or depressed state it is advisable to bring that person to an emergency room to have a consultation with a Psychiatrist. A person in that mental state is not capable of making a logical decision in their best interest and needs to be cared for. After the correct medication is prescribed then psychotherapy can begin with a Clinical Psychologist.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Could I have manic depression without the mania?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Yes some patients with bipolar have little or no mania episodes and can have mostly just depression.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What can the family of a person with manic depression do to help support them?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Learn and support: Learn everything you can about it and support in any way possible the treatment plan for your family member. The illness is not their fault (mostly genetic) but the treatment is their responsibility. Help them to seek out and follow treatment as much as they are able. Children or handicapped folks need more help than others yet can be surprisingly self motivated to get better and stay better.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What could happen to someone with manic depression keeping it a secret plus leaving it untreated?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Prognosis is guarded without treatment.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a manic depression person?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends : The classic symptoms go from a deep depression to high highs where the person might spend money foolishly or lavishly, not sleep, talk loud and fast , and might be anxious or paranoid. Not all people have classic symptoms so it is important for a professional to diagnose the disorder
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How to help a friend with manic depression; trying to get him to start meds?

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Dr. Alan Ali answered
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Bipolar: Support, guidance, educate, reassure, role-model.

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