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A 54-year-old female asked:

i think my daughter has bipolar and i don't know what to?

2 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sophie Duriez
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Understandingly : U may find yourself in a difficult position if ur daughter is an adult & if there is no desire from your daughter' to seek professional help. The more u will insist, the more she may resist. So let it go. Instead make an appointment 4 urself only w/a good psychiatrist. Talk 2 her/him about ur concerns. Do that, u will feel relieved. That the best u can do 4 ur daughter & 4 u. Warm wishes.
Dr. Sophie Duriez
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Provided original answer
Important: If ever ur daughter is an imminent danger 2 herself, i.e. suicidal or to other, please call 911 immediately. Thank you.
Mar 29, 2013
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Seek evaluation : Bipolar is a serious mood disorder that can disrupt life and ability to function, but it has symptoms that can overlap with other disorders so it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. With the right care, it can usually be managed successfully. Good luck!
Dr. Sophie Duriez
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dr. Kunen, you answer would b right if the question was asked by the daughter. For a family member, it might difficult or if not impossible to get the person seek evaluation for herself. Hopefully this case will b an exception! I'd b happy to be wrong.
Mar 29, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Great comment, Dr. Duriez!
Mar 30, 2013
Dr. Seth Kunen
Dr. Seth Kunen commented
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Provided original answer
Good points! But mom asked the q., so the advice to her was to get the daughter evaluated. There was no mention of resistance by daughter!!
Mar 30, 2013

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