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Memory problems are sometimes inherent in bipolar disorder. The culprit, however, may be the medication rather than the disorder itself.
The medication that affects memory the most is lithium, but other mood stablizers and antipsychotic medications can as well.
There are several things that your son can do to help to compensate his faltering memory:
He can also take supplements of fish oil or other sources of Omega 3-6-9 to boost his memory.
There are other supplements that will definitely help such as B Vitamins, C and E, Acetyl L-Carnitine, CoQ10 and others. I take many supplements daily and have quite a good memory.
Here is a source list:
I do not think that someone should try to explain anything to his co-workers. This will stigmatize him and cause him to be set aside and perhaps ever scapegoated.
If he feels he will benefit from counseling or psychotherapy, then it could not do him harm. I
If you recall the story I told you of my psychiatrist friend with bipolar who nevertheless functioned as a top psychiatrist, then you can pass the story on to your son to inspire him.
You can give him this book, which is quite helpful:
or get it as an audio CD here:
It has just been released:
It is best not to draw too much attention to this disorder. I understand how concerned you are and want to do as much as possible for him. He needs time, however, to focus on normal everyday life as well so that he does not develop anxiety about having this disorder.
I shall continue to hold your family in my prayers.