Re: newbie and in need of help for my son FAST
I was young when I was diagnosed as well and did not want to take meds for some of the same reasons. What has helped me is being informed about what the medication is, what its actually supposed to do, potential side effects, etc.
I agree with what the others have said, but it also may be the case that the medicine is not what is making him tired. I had periods when I was on zero meds that I would be in a downward cycle (depression) and just sleep for 15 hrs a day. I always felt tired, then I would eventually cycle upward into mania where I never needed sleep.
It is a unique disorder with no simple solution. Therapy may help, but he has to want help for it to be effective. Ultimately, its not worth the risk. If he needs to be hospitalized to become medication compliant, you have to do it. The suicidal feelings are just too unpredictable. So if he's mad about it at first, one day he'll thank you for saving his life.