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My 54 year old son has bipolar disorder but takes lithium.

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My 54 year old son has bipolar disorder but takes lithium. He only sees a Family practice doc once a year to check his lithium levels, which always seem (he says) okay. He doesn't have big mood swings but has trouble completing projects and will never, ever take blame or responsibility for anything! Even though our family treats him with kid gloves, he is so defensive to criticism or even suggestions. He is very intelligent and very talented carpenter. He's had many opportunities as a builder and has had investors invest in some very big projects, but some how always burns the investor. He owes me (his mom) about $100,000 and I now live on social security only, He owes other family members as well which it seems he's forgotten. He's managed not to pay his mtg. for almost 5 years and is still in his home! I worry he's running out of time to get his life in order. His wife is always very supportive and makes excuses for him but she's about as dysfunctional as he. Any insight or direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 10 months ago.
Hi
I am sorry for the late reply
Does your son see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Relist: Answer came too late.
Not a quality or complete answer also came in too late with response. I want my money back!!!
Customer: replied 10 months ago.

I paid $29.00 for this! I told you he only sees a Family Doc once a year. Did you even read my email?

Expert:  Susan RN replied 10 months ago.
Hello jacustomer. I have an uncle with bipolar as well on lithium. It sounds like your son's personality plays a part in his attitude as well as the bipolar. He sounds like he may have a choleric personality which has the traits of always thinking they are right even when the evidence points otherwise, they want to be in control, and they don't accept their shortcomings. There is a book = Personality Plus by Florence Littauer that goes into more details about different personality types. It will allow you to figure out what your and your daughter in law's personality types are then gives tips on how to deal with other people's personalities. Does your son like a challenge so he can prove others wrong? When he asks for money, you will need to set boundaries since you may only have enough to live on. His responses are learned responses. If someone changes the way they respond to him from what he is used to seeing, it will most likely set him off. That can be expected. If he feels like he has control over the situation, he will calm down though.
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