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I have a 26 year old stepson who just graduated with honors from the New York School of Visual Arts, but who was diagnosed with "bipolarism" last February. He had a 'manic episode' which resulted in being hospitalized for 10 days in a pschy ward. He was placed on some medication (I don't know the name but he says it is not primarily an anti-depressant) ) and told to take 'it as needed'. He takes it about 3 times a week. He has become extremely depressed, sometimes he says even suicidal, is convinced he has no talent at all, will never get a job, (he has just received a temporary "menial" job) and keeps repeating a mantra to his mother that he is useless, an idiot, his brain does not function at all well, he can never hope to find a woman, a good job, a decent living et., etc., Meanwhile he reads Nietzsche for entertainment, but says he doesn't fully understand him, (in support of his self proclaimed stupidity). I have known him for 5 years, my own IQ is over 140 and I have regarded him as smarter than I am in many ways. As a lay expert in psychology I diagnosed his need to keep repeating that he is useless as a need to feel good about himself by blaming his 'condition' for his situation as opposed to 'himself'. Knowing that and believing that. has helped reduce his uncontrollable lamentations about how incompetent he is. Questions: 1. Are there "degrees of bipolarizm'? 2. Can truly bipolaristic people self medicate as in 'take a pill when you feel you need one'? 3. Is this condition permanent? 4. Can any more be done than provide the strongest possible emotional support and follow the psychiatrist's instructions with regard to medication? 5. Is it fair to say he is very likely to get better and function at a high level, as do many other with his condition?
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Let me ask some additional questions before I respond to the ones you have posed.
First, Is your stepson currently seeing a mental health professional besides the Psychiatrist who prescribes the medicine?
Second, does your stepson live with you and his father, or with his mother, or is he independent living by himself or others?
Third how long has he been in this depressed state, and has it occurred before? Does he cycle through the manic and depressed stages of Bi-Polar and if so, is it a pendulum swing or abrupt?
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I don't think he is seeing anyone but the psychiatrist.
My step son (Call him A) lives in New York. He rents a room from a friend and right now has no income at all. His mother (D) lives with me in Florida in an oceanfront condo. His mother and I have been together for 5 years and I support her. She works and supports him and has been since the beginning of 2013.
He comes to Florida every 2 months or so and stays with us. He just left for NY after a 3 days stay here.
As far as I know he has been somewhat depressed from time to time, but no more than might be viewed as 'normal'.
He stands 6'-1" is not overweight and is good looking.
He has what I call (in a book I wrote called Relationship Power 2010) a good physical 'society grade'. Meaning he is an attractive and well spoken man. (No reason for depression here)
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