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Unhappy How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 4th 2009, 12:00 AM

My Father is Bipolar, and it really scares me. I dont know how to handel it, one mintue he'll be yelling at me and then another he'll hug me and ask me if I want some icecream, then he'll start yelling at me agian.

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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 4th 2009, 12:19 AM

Has he gotten or looked into getting any help? Being in the kind of envierment is never health. Is there anyone you can talk to about it? Or somplace else you can stay?

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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 4th 2009, 09:56 PM

Hi Jamie,

Has your dad gone to the doctor or seen a therapist about this kind of behavior? They will be able to give a proper diagnosis and put him on medication if they think it is necessary. It might be a good idea for him to see someone about his condition and talk to a professional.

What I would suggest is to suggest to him to go to see someone about this. It would be a good idea to bring this up when he's feeling calmer. Other than that, it would be best if you were patient with him. He can't control his mood swings, and I'm sure he doesn't want to make you feel badly about this.

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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 8th 2009, 04:49 PM

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Has your dad gone to the doctor or seen a therapist about this kind of behavior? They will be able to give a proper diagnosis and put him on medication if they think it is necessary. It might be a good idea for him to see someone about his condition and talk to a professional.

What I would suggest is to suggest to him to go to see someone about this. It would be a good idea to bring this up when he's feeling calmer. Other than that, it would be best if you were patient with him. He can't control his mood swings, and I'm sure he doesn't want to make you feel badly about this.

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my dad refuses to go see a doctor because he thinks he is fine, and so does my mother.


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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 8th 2009, 04:53 PM

Then I would really suggest that you go to the doctor and ask what you should do about how your dad is acting. They may have some better suggestions. He may not be bipolar at all and may just be experiencing mood swings. Either way, you could always ask for advice from a professional.


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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 8th 2009, 05:40 PM

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I agree with Nat, you should go see the doctor even if your dad refuses to go. They may be able to give you some advice on how to deal with it. You shouldnt have to deal with being yelled at all the time, even if he does have a mental illness. If you can't do that though, is there a nice teacher at school you can talk to? Or school councellor?. It might help if you have somebody to talk to about it yourself at the very least. On the other hand though, you do need to try and be patient. Try to understand that it isn't his fault how he is, he probably doesnt mean it a lot of the time. Although, i do realise it is probably still hurtfull to you. Maybe when he is angry you could go out or leave the house? You could also talk to him when he is feeling happier about how you hate it when he yells at you.

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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 10th 2009, 12:06 AM

its life ...we 're all kind of bipolar and have mood swings..part of being human...especially because hes older ...he has a lot to think about im sure
   
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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 10th 2009, 01:16 PM

Hi Jamie

Coping with a parent with Bipolar disorder is difficult, especially when they refuse treatment. The best thing you can do right now is stay out of his way...do not pick fights or argue without a reasonable cause, and try to keep yourself calm. Often times, rational behavior can spread--if you stay calm, it might help him to calm down as well.

If you have an adult in your life that you can speak to about this--a grandparent or uncle, for example--please do. It will help you to cope as well as possibly help your father.

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Re: How do you deal with a bipolar parent? - March 21st 2009, 08:37 PM

Hi I have a bipolar dad and I find it really find when he changes his moods all the time. Does your dad blame you for everything. I think my broter is bipolar as well. Try and be postive I know its really hrad but its the only way to forget about the bad things that are happening.
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