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How to help a friend with manic depression; trying to get him to start meds?

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In brief: Common problem

When people are manic, they often don't see the need for intervention and believe that other people are unnecessarily complaining about them or prodding them. Most manic-depressive patients only seek help when they get depressed, but that is almost certain to follow a manic period.
Education about the illness is essential. There are many popular books about the subject now.

In brief: Common problem

When people are manic, they often don't see the need for intervention and believe that other people are unnecessarily complaining about them or prodding them. Most manic-depressive patients only seek help when they get depressed, but that is almost certain to follow a manic period.
Education about the illness is essential. There are many popular books about the subject now.
Dr. Robert Berkowitz
Dr. Robert Berkowitz
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bipolar

Support, guidance, educate, reassure, role-model.

In brief: Bipolar

Support, guidance, educate, reassure, role-model.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: He has to want it

Your friend has to want therapy and medication, and all you can really do is encourage him to seek both and engage deeply and meaningfully in the therapeutic process.
You simply cannot do it for him, much as you'd like to. You can either be his friend or his therapist. You cannot be both, and even though you want to see him get better, trying to be both simply will not work.

In brief: He has to want it

Your friend has to want therapy and medication, and all you can really do is encourage him to seek both and engage deeply and meaningfully in the therapeutic process.
You simply cannot do it for him, much as you'd like to. You can either be his friend or his therapist. You cannot be both, and even though you want to see him get better, trying to be both simply will not work.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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