My husband, his step-father, and his adopted sister all either have ADD or ADHD. On top of that, yesterday my sister-in-law was diagnosed by a psychiatrist as being bipolar (she's only 17). I honestly wonder if my mother-in-law didn't tell the psychiatrist what she needed to hear in order to get that diagnosis...
Is it just me, or is it extremely coincidental that none of the 3 of them are blood-related but all have behavioral issues that "require" medication?
I have felt for a long time that my husband's family has become overly dependent on medication- Like they use it as a crutch and a way to excuse their irresponsible behaviors. I always thought medication for behavioral / mental issues was supposed to be a temporary fix, but they have been on Rx's for years.
My husband does not take his meds anymore and functions very well in society. It just makes me wonder...
What are your thoughts on the issue?
Answer by mom2twobabes at 11:14 AM on Sep. 24, 2010
These are chronic psychiatric conditions that may require lifelong medications. Bipolar disorder almost always does require lifelong medication. You don't get to judge who needs and who doesn't need medication. Mental illness happens to people that aren't related. People are diagnosed with bipolar disorder without their mother tricking a psychiatrist. It is typical that people in the family don't understand mental illness and yet pass judgements about medications and other issues.
Answer by Gailll at 11:18 AM on Sep. 24, 2010
Answer by redrose36 at 11:19 AM on Sep. 24, 2010
Answer by ruthie11617 at 11:36 AM on Sep. 24, 2010
Answer by ruthie11617 at 5:32 PM on Sep. 24, 2010