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Bipolar disorder is dysregulation of mood, attention and energy.
It is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When a person becomes depressed, he/she may feel sad
or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in many activities. When a person's mood shifts in the other direction, her or she may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year, or as often as several times a day.
It's common for adult with Bipolar disorder to abuse alcohol and/or substance.
Your son needs to continue working with a psychiatrist (M.D.) and a psychotherapist/psychologist. Treatment for his condition 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.
I found CBT useful for my clients with Bipolar disorder.
Please review available Bipolar disorder treatments on the following link:
He may need to be treated by a specialist in bipolar disorder.
I recommend the Bipolar disorder clinic of Stanford Univeristy (bipolar.stanford.edu) as you are living in North Bay.
Stanford University School of Medicine has experts.
Other good centers specializing in Bipolar disorder in CA are:
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CANNN-NN-NNNN
Bridges to Recovery
1820 San Vicente Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
1460 San Remo Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Please let me know if you have a question.