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Old 06-13-2006, 12:51 PM   #1
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worried about bipolar dad

hi everyone
for those who havent been following my posts on here, ive just been diagnosed bipolar last month, and my dad is also bipolar.
Ive never had much of a relationship with him as he had several affairs throughout my childhood and we spent more years apart than together, but we are in contact at the moment. He was diagnosed bipolar about 5 years ago and in that time has been involuntarily admitted to hospital several times.His bipolar is more severe than mine and he gets psychotic episodes.The main problem is that he refuses to recognise his illness or take his meds.He is put on them while in hospital, gets better so he is back to being his old self, and then stops taking them as he thinks there is nothing wrong with him. Then he ends up in an episode and its terrible.I hate to see him ill and it has caused the family so much distress.
I know only too well what bipolar can be like and i know i have upset my family a great deal myself and caused a lot of problems, but this is the exact reason why im sticking to my meds no matter what. i just dont understand why he cant do the same. I know a common symptom of the illness can be refusal to admit to it or stay on meds, but its starting to make me angry as all this heartache could be so easily avoided.
He was in a bad episode about 3 months ago and was put on meds, but has now stopped taking them and is already showing signs of becoming ill again. Im so worried about what is going to happen next. Even though im bipolar myself i dont know what i or anyone else can do to help him. i know its really down to him to help himself, but if he wont do that what will become of him? im terrified he could do something stupid one day.
Can anyone offer any advice? as far as i know he was taking olanzapine and has also been on risperadol in the past
thanks