Hi, Let me say I can imagine how worried and sad
you must have been about your son. It sounds like he has Bipolar disorder based on the information. Your son may need support, help and treatment from his physician, a psychiatrist (M.D.) and a psychological counselor for individual and/or group therapy. Please note: many adults with Bi-polar disorder can have a normal life with family and work if they stick to treatment (medication, individual counseling, support group etc.).
Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by dysregulation of mood, attention, energy, sleep, appetite and libido. Bipolar disorder is characterized by elevated mood, grandiosity, hypersexuality, decreased need for sleep, and racing thoughts.
Treatment for bipolar disorder consists of pharmacotherapy (by psychiatrist), individual psychotherapy (Cognitive-behavior therapy - CBT) or Interpersonal therapy (ITP) by a licensed psychologist or psychotherapist), and group therapy or support group by a psychotherapist. Pharmacotherapy is a critical aspect of treatment. Medication for Bipolar disorder includes a mood stabilizer such as Lithium. For people who do not respond to Lithium or who have rapid cycling or dysphoric mania, (prominent anxiety
and depressed mood), an anti-seizure drug such as carbamazepine or divalproex sodium may be effective. Individual psychotherapy will help him for support, ventilation of feelings, coping skills training, and direct advice. Group therapy is useful for her to address the issues – adherence to medication and therapy, regulation of self-esteem, and management of other psychosocial issues. Support groups are available in a local community clinic or a local hospital. Friends and family should join a support group to better understand the illness so that they can continue to offer encouragement and support to him.
Your son may need treatment in an inpatient or outpatient setting. In order to find an inpatient or outpatient treatment center for him,
you may call The United Way toll free # XXXXX to find the community mental health centers in your area in which he can get treatment described above even without health insurance.
To find a group therapy or a support group for him, contact a local hospital or a clinic by asking if they offer a group for people with Bipolar disorder. If you like to find a support group online, check Mental Health America website section (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_support_group) - Find a group in your area.
I wonder if your son has SSDI. He may need financial support for living.
For any question on Bipolar disorder, mental illness issues, and Residential treatment center, contact National Institute of Mental Health/ Phone Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Toll Free Number: 1-866-615-6464/ Fax Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Email Address:[email protected]
/ Website URL: www.nimh.nih.gov/ AND National Foundation for Depressive Illness/ Phone:(NNN) NNN-NNNN www.depression.org/
If he is dangerous to himself or the other OR is unable to take care of self due to mental disorder, ask him to go to an emergency room of a local hospital. If he does not,
call A LOCAL MOBILE CRISIS TEAM or PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM designated by her city and county for psychiatric evaluation and involuntary hospitalization.
If he is in crisis now, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance. I hope your son gets treatment. Please let me know if I have overlooked any or you have more questions.