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How to help someone with manic depression, who doesn't necessarily want to be treated?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Bipolar
Support, guidance, educate, reassure, role-model.
Finally, acceptance of what you cannot change.

In brief: Bipolar
Support, guidance, educate, reassure, role-model.
Finally, acceptance of what you cannot change.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
Thank
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