Dealing with a mental disorder

United States
December 28, 2008 10:04pm CST
I have a child that was recently diagnosed with bipolar/schzo disorder. She is now seeing a specialist and a therapist and on new meds. I was wondering if there is anyone that is familiar with this that could give me some insight. She is not suicidal presently but is a cutter. It is difficult to live with the possibility that a rage could come at any moment. She is a beautiful person on the inside and out but has zero self-esteem at the moment. This has been coming on for a few years and recently escalated. She is in her early twenties. Any helpful information out there?
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I don't know much about your daughter's particular disorder but I do have some experience with mental health issues. I had a coworker, who I worked with for over five years, who had schizophrenia and he was fine as long as he took his medication. One morning he came in and told me that he wasn't feeling right and was going to see his psychiatrist. He never once became out of control or hard to deal with and was actually a kind and gentle man. I also know someone with bipolar disorder and she does very well on medication but there have been a few episodes...either she stops taking it for some reason or her current dosage stops working. She usually needs some prodding to call her doctor because she's on a *high* so she feels good. My husband has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Vietnam so he's the person who's mental health issues I'm most familiar with. He's had several medication changes during the six years that we've been together but I am able to recognize when his meds aren't working anymore or as well as they should. You should be actively involved in your daughter's treatment. Be as supportive of her struggles as you can be and keep the lines of communication with her open. Let her know that she can talk to you when/if she needs to. This is one of the most important things to my husband...that he can talk to me when he needs to. I wish your daughter all the best and, if you need to talk, PM me. I'm usually here every day.
• United States
29 Dec 08
For information about schizophrenia, I reccomend the book Surviving Schizophrenia by E Fuller Torrey. I always advise folks I work with to avoid most of what is on the internet, but schizophrenia.com is a very good site with mainstream, research based information and lots of online support groups. Good luck.
• United States
2 Mar 09
I don't know much about your daughters particular situation, but I was wondering how old is she? It is extremely rare that a child is given the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder before the age of 18years old. If she is under 18 please seek a second opinion. I work in the mental health field and believe the diagnosis of Bipolar disorder is a fade diagnosis. up until about 10 years ago nobody ever heard of Bipolar Disorder.