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How could a mother get an adult child with bipolar that is out of control and not reasoning, help?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Very difficult
Adults need to come to their treatment voluntarily.
Don't be co-dependent with an adult child with bipolar. Hold them accountable and don't give in to their pleas for financial assistance. They must be accountable for their actions. If they ask for help give it to them, but don't let them manipulate you. Bipolar patients are financial disasters. You also need to be aware of drug/alcohol use.

In brief: Very difficult
Adults need to come to their treatment voluntarily.
Don't be co-dependent with an adult child with bipolar. Hold them accountable and don't give in to their pleas for financial assistance. They must be accountable for their actions. If they ask for help give it to them, but don't let them manipulate you. Bipolar patients are financial disasters. You also need to be aware of drug/alcohol use.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: He must want help
It can be frustrating and disheartening to see a loved one suffering and yet be unwilling get help.
However, the first step is for him to want to get better, to want help. With bipolar disorder, if he is predominantly manic, he may not see the need for help. If he is intent on harming himself, another person, or significant property, call 911 (a whole cascade of events will result, so plan ahead!).

In brief: He must want help
It can be frustrating and disheartening to see a loved one suffering and yet be unwilling get help.
However, the first step is for him to want to get better, to want help. With bipolar disorder, if he is predominantly manic, he may not see the need for help. If he is intent on harming himself, another person, or significant property, call 911 (a whole cascade of events will result, so plan ahead!).
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
It's a tough problem. Bipolar patients often don't see the need for treatment, especially when manic. Some families use pressure/leverage to get the person to cooperate. But as Dr Kwok wrote, unfortunately often nothing can be done until the person becomes a risk to self or others, and then a psychiatric hold/evaluation can be imposed by law.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Report
You have the ability to report your concerns to their psychiatrist.
Although by HIPPA rules of privacy, the psychiatrist cannot divulge details to you unless it is a life threatening emergency. Also the psychiatrist needs to take any urgent concerns seriously and then considers rapid management perhaps hospitalizing . Anyone noticing risk of harm to self or others should call 911. Take care.

In brief: Report
You have the ability to report your concerns to their psychiatrist.
Although by HIPPA rules of privacy, the psychiatrist cannot divulge details to you unless it is a life threatening emergency. Also the psychiatrist needs to take any urgent concerns seriously and then considers rapid management perhaps hospitalizing . Anyone noticing risk of harm to self or others should call 911. Take care.
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