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    will she get her healthy?
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    gentle1954 posted:
    my daughter is 28 years old and divorced for 5 years. she is has no child and living with familly(parents and her other sister).
    she had beeb affected by bipolar disorder for mor than 15 years but we didnt know it till 2 years ago after she had a suicide and was taken to a hospital for saving her life.
    making story short doctrs told us she had bipolar dis......and must go take drugs for some times.
    now she is better but not as well as other poeple . im worry about her
    will she get her healty or not?
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    ddnos responded:
    Hello and welcome to the board.

    Yes, your daughter can get better, but better doesn't mean that she will grow out of being bipolar or any such thing. But bipolar IS manageable with the proper medication(s), therapy to learn and relearn new and healthy behaviors and ways of thinking, and self care. If your daughter decides at any point to not comply to treatment, then her symptoms will come back, and sometimes be worse. So self care is key.

    Most of the time, whether or not someone "gets better or not" depends largely on the choices one makes in the direction of health and mental well-being. If I choose to stop taking my meds, then my ability to function will go downhill; so better choice is to keep taking meds, yes?

    Your daughter can and/or can learn to function in this world just as productively and with just as much fulfillment as anyone else who doesn't have bipolar, and don't let anyone tell her otherwise!

    I'm glad she has your support

    Debbie
    "Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
     
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    gentle1954 replied to ddnos's response:
    hello
    thank u very much for the replying.
    furtunatly she follows taking her meds and we hope getting better . however she is very arrogant woman . but we care her only for not getting worse. i have not been on speaking terms with her about 4 mounths. i hate her but control my anger on her becouse of her mom and other famaily members only (sister and brother). we all tolerate her being at home indeed.
     
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    ddnos replied to gentle1954's response:
    Hello again - that is good that she is taking her meds, and hopefully she will continue to do so.

    It is always possible for people diag with bipolar to have relapses where that person gets worse for a while, but it's important for your daughter to always work with her doctor and hopefully go to therapy as well. But she can get her illness under control with help as long as she works at it.

    I may have misunderstood something you said, or what you wrote may have been a typo, but did you say that you hate your daughter? Wow, that's a pretty strong feeling toward her. I hope that you will choose to look into your own heart to discover why such hatred for her so that hatred can turn into love again. That hatred only hurts you. But forgive me if that is not what you said/meant.

    Also, maybe your family can try to do more than just tolerate her, but instead, accept her for who she is, yes? It is not her fault that she has bipolar. Maybe she has done some unpleasant things while ill, but it's an illness that needs treatment, and if she was misbehaving before treatment, then it was not her fault. It still causes damage, but try compassion with her instead of tolerance, yes?

    Debbie
    "Live without pretending; Love without depending; Listen without defending; Speak without offending"--Drake
     
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    resiliancy500 responded:
    80% of those with bipolar respond positively to medication, therapy and life style changes. 20% of these live without episodes after initial treatment. 60% live well but will have low-grade episodes throughout their lives. There is another 20% who never get better. This 20% normally has addictions and/or other personality or other types of disorders that require a great deal of treatment but without resources, support and motivation, stay ill.

    Relapses happen. Most people with bipolar take at less small amounts of mood stabilizers for life as a episode preventative. Therapy - especially cognitive behavior therapy - is important to learn.thought strategies to handle the present and lay to rest the past. This type of therapy is normally offered in 8-16 week courses, so are limited, not the old therapy for life. Life style changes are like a person with diabetes, or those with bipolar solid regulated sleep is vital, no more all nighters. Having someone to turn to to be a mood mirror in order to tell the person when they start acting outside their norm is vital. Learning personal red flags or prodromes - early warming changes in sleep, sex, appetite and other things that occur a week or so before an episode is vital. Having a plan to short-circuit manic or depressive episodes and support to carry this out is vital. Exercise, hydration, the ability to calm yourself and someone who will pull you away from stress or situation that are escalating beyond your abilities are vital. Do these things and the health of your loved one will be very promising indeed.


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