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This Week's Carenote - 09/06/11
My daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her teens. She is now 31 years old and it has been an extreme struggle. She had a child with her boyfriend of 10 years. Her daughter is now six years old. They live with us and she refuses to take care of her daughter. Her moods are extreme; she is either very up or very down. She will not take no for an answer when she wants something. We have a lot of animals that I do not want because of this. She follows us around like a child, nagging us for days until we canít deal with it anymore and give in. Is this normal for a person with bipolar disorder? I mentor her medication, but the meds never seem to help. When she is down, she sleeps all day and refuses to get up. I myself suffer with depression from time to time, but not as severe as hers.  My mother and grandmother suffered with it, too. I am not sure how to help her. As she gets older, she is getting worse. Do you have any suggestions?
 

 

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