Can anyone give me some advice.
Can any of you guys give me some advice on how you managed to get diagnosed. I am in the situation, where my girlfriend of 4 years is displaying all of the signs of being bipolar. She has all of the classic symptoms, is regualrly up, talks over people all of the time, always has new projects, ideas etc, this period last for about 6 weeks then she crashes, starts drinking gets Very Very down, at this point she usually falls out with someone(typically me because I'm closest to her) then after a few weeks of being off the rails goes off at speed again.
The last episode she telephoned me from a bus station very drunk, incoherantly sobbing telling me that she had just wished her boys could be grown up because she could then end it all.
The problem is that when she is down, she contemplates seeking medical advice but when she is up she is in total denial that anything is wrong and my requests for her to just speak to a doctor provoke a stream of abuse.
She is also very clever from hiding this from all but the people closest to her( me and the kids).
How did you or your firends and relatives persuade you to seek medical advice. She is in complete denial and it is tearing us apart and causing a lot of pain.