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    tunafilet posted:
    My 31 yr old son diagnosed with bipolar 11 stopped meds without my knowing, quit his job as an attorney, left his condo, friends, family and drove cross county to San Diego. Haven't spoken to him for two years. No contact. Has a history of psychotic behavior. Is it true that without medication he will not get better? How can I help him?
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    momuv4girls responded:
    Hi,

    Bipolar is a life long illness that requires medication. Some conditions are more mild than others......but as far as I know, medication is the answer to lead a "normal", stable, healthy lifestyle.

    There is a something called the "kindling" model in bipolar which makes a lot of sense......here is a good link to read:

    http://bipolar.about.com/cs/brainchemistry/a/0009_kindling1.htm

    As far as what YOU can do?? I say join a local support group through NAMI or the DBSA and talk to others who are dealing with bipolar children/spouses and who can offer support and understand your situation.

    Below are the links to both NAMI and the DBSA.

    http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=your_local_nami

    http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=home

    Take care, and the best to you!
    -Kathleen


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