Re: what can parents of bipolar son do?
I don't gain objectivity when I'm manic until I feel depressed, angry and/or irritable. Prior to then (at the beginning of a manic episode), I feel extremely happy, creative and full of energy.
If this person calls you up ranting about something, I would suggest that you try to redirect the conversation to something positive. Allowing him or her to continue discussing topics they are upset about will only fuel their mood swings. Then again, you could always listen as a friend and try to be there for them, but if that is too emotionally exhausting for you, it might be best to keep your conversations to a minimum. You can certainly call this person several days a week, but it might be best to keep your conversations limited to 15 minutes or so.
When talking to this person, try to keep in mind that if they are upset about something and keep ranting on and on about it, this is the illness talking -- not them.
If you have any other questions, let me know and I will be more than happy to answer them.
Atypical Bipolar I Disorder with Rapid Cycling
Risperdal 1mg titrating to 6mg/day
Klonopin .5mg (2x/day)
Trazodone 100mg or 200mg PRN