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Bipolar I child (age 31) Coping skills for Mother
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An_200163 posted:
A neighbors child (age 31) has just been diagnosed as "bipolar I", the mother (single mom) has no pc and I said I would try and get some info for her on WebMD.

Doctor has prescribed medicines and said "it may take 6-12 weeks to become effective" . At end of first week and has not worked.

The mother is quite perplexed as child is so angry, belligerent, uncooperative, sad, etc.. for most of every day.

Does anyone have some tips for coping with this until hopefully the medicine begin to work?

Perhaps a "support group?

Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

thanks rich P
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momuv4girls responded:
Hi,

I would refer your neighbor to NAMI. They are a wonderful organization that has support groups all over the U.S.

Here is their link:

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Your_Local_NAMI&Template=/CustomSource/AffiliateFinder.cfm

It is not uncommon for meds to work after the first week....this is more the norm. Depending on which meds the person was placed on, it could take up to 3-weeks to see any improvement.

I would also recommend your friend to go to your public library and read up on bipolar, so she knows a little bit more about what to expect.

Here are a few book suggestions:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1572305258?tag=childadolebipolf&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1572305258&adid=033BZBRWH76WK5B4356N&

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0764584510?tag=childadolebipolf&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0764584510&adid=0D4EKDPEGE10VY3898CD&

Take care, and write back anytime!
-Kathleen


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