My DD likely has bipolar disorder, may have had it since middle school (now 19) and yet we can't really remember her being manic...although she has always been irritable, argumentative at home, had to have anger management for a brief time in middle school, very, very emotional, unable to make decisions on her own and looks to others for approval. Has had difficulty making friends, romantic relationships have ended dramatically (at first blames bf, then blames self-goes into a tailspin...once spoke of suicide)...
We have always felt as though she needed a little extra monitoring, which she didn't appreciate.
(My own mother had it. Eventually the disease was her complete undoing.)
She was just diagnosed a few months ago with anxiety and depression, and put on lexapro...and then, when Dr. increased her dose had a hypomanic episode where she was talking rapidly, giggling about nothing, staying up all night, going all day, hardly any sleep, no food, for 4 days or so. Got a job during the "episode" then couldn't follow through when it was over...cut her arms badly when she realized that she couldn't bring herself to go to work.
BUT...had just found out she might be bipolar...and that may have triggered her (lots of things seem to).
I am now feeling like I need to keep her close by and not let her out of my sight until we know for sure what's going on.
We just got a car from a family member for her (she was supposed to pay the gas and insurance in order to drive--meaning she needed to be working...it was for commuting to college and working, neither is happening), but now looks like no work...she does need to get herself to Dr. appts and therapy...but I wonder if I should take the keys and drive her there myself....I am worried.
I am conflicted that a diagnosis at this age might be a problem in that we will have a young adult at home who is unpredictable, a possible danger to herself, unable to work or go to school at this time, and yet able to drive, party, spend money, etc.
Does anyone have experience with having a child at home with a mental illness?
What has worked...what hasn't.
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