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Confused - June 4th 2010, 12:05 AM

Soooooo I am a little worried about my friend, she has all the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and she thinks she has it, but she refuses to talk to anyone who could give her the right answer... What do i do, she is 15
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Re: Confused - June 4th 2010, 12:07 AM

If she is refusing to go, there isn't much you CAN do. Only she and her parents can decide and do anything. Just keep encouraging her how useful seeking treatment can be, try to get her into a local support group, etc.

It may be terrifying for her to genuinely admit and be diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and this fear may be why she doesn't want to tell anyone.
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Re: Confused - June 4th 2010, 12:13 AM

Well figuring out WHY she doesn't want to talk to anyone may help you figure out (or even seek advice on) what to do for her.

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Re: Confused - June 4th 2010, 12:48 AM

What really made me to talk to some1 was sitting down with my freinds and having a real converstation. and it came to a point were one of them said 'just look at youreself, your life is falling apart you need help' and until i heard that i would of refused it. somtimes help needs to come from you.

if you start talk to her about it shell become more open, find out why she wont talk. and remember some people are happy with how they are, dont force her to get help unless she actualy needs it

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Re: Confused - June 4th 2010, 01:38 AM

It's true that most BP's don't get help until they reach a crisis point...it was true for me anyway.

Does she think there's a problem? If not then you could show her some info about it. I know Stephen Fry did a particularly fine documentary called "Secret Life of a Manic Depressive", perhaps showing her what it's like if you don't manage something like this might convince her to see someone. It may also help her recognise some of the symptoms in herself.

All you can do really is be supportive. You could offer to go with her to a support group or counsellor? Some people find it easier to go through this kind of thing with someone holding their hand.
Keep an eye on her moods too, it's often quite difficult for someone to spot their own mood swings (particularly the highs, I find), so it might help if you let her know when she's beginning to behave strangely or worry you.

Maybe even point her in our direction? TH is always happy to offer a bit of support for those who ask
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