Bipolar or teenage hormones

I originally bought this book for my daughter and ended up reading it myself. In it Dowling explores a smorgasboard of mood ailments, from PMS and eating disorders to anxiety and the major mental illnesses of bipolar and depression. She does so on a "biologic brain" model, and intersperses case studies. It's no longer "new," of course, having first been published in 1991, so it doesn't contain information about many of the newer drugs used to bring some of these afflictions under control, but was a ground-breaking book at the the time. Nevertheless, a good read on general knowledge grounds.

Thanks for the article. My mother has bipolar and has been on a “high” now for several months after refusing to take her medication and denying she has any disorder. Speaking to her just goes round and round with no logic coming out of her mouth whatsoever. Not sure what to do as she just says whatever she likes regardless of what we are talking about. She often makes comments like “I’ll take care of them” and similar. This worries me. Can you possibly recommend an approach to take as I’m out of ideas?

We all have our ups and downs, but with bipolar disorder these peaks and valleys are more severe. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can hurt your job or school performance, damage your relationships, and disrupt your daily life. And although it’s treatable, many people don’t recognize the warning signs and get the help they need to feel well and do well. Since bipolar disorder tends to worsen without treatment, it’s important to learn what the symptoms look like. Recognizing the problem is the first step to feeling better and getting your life back on track.

Many parents expressed their concerns that the child’s “out-there” flaunting of his or her body and suggestive talk could open the door to a sick outsider taking advantage of the situation, and they realize that they need to educate the child from a young age about any possible consequences of such talk and behavior. One mother, whose very young son became hypersexual during a period of instability and asked her: “Could you rub my penis?” told him: “If anyone ever tries to touch your body in any way, you tell Mommy and Daddy right away. No matter what you say, no one should ever be touching you anywhere near your private parts. She is worried sick about his being so inviting and open about himself sexually. (As though there isn’t enough to worry about with a child with bipolar disorder…)

Bipolar or teenage hormones

bipolar or teenage hormones

Many parents expressed their concerns that the child’s “out-there” flaunting of his or her body and suggestive talk could open the door to a sick outsider taking advantage of the situation, and they realize that they need to educate the child from a young age about any possible consequences of such talk and behavior. One mother, whose very young son became hypersexual during a period of instability and asked her: “Could you rub my penis?” told him: “If anyone ever tries to touch your body in any way, you tell Mommy and Daddy right away. No matter what you say, no one should ever be touching you anywhere near your private parts. She is worried sick about his being so inviting and open about himself sexually. (As though there isn’t enough to worry about with a child with bipolar disorder…)

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