Worried brother has bipolar

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Lucy11
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by Lucy11 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:04 pm

Worried brother has bipolar

Hi,

I am not sure that a forum is the best place to talk about this as it's not my life i am talking about but i don't know where else to go. I am really worried about my brother who is older than me and sufferers with depression on and off. I am worried it's bipolar.

He has a really stressful job and a difficult relationship with his partner who has a daughter from a previous relationship. When everything is going ok he is fine, sometimes euphoric and it seems like nothing can get him down but then like a bolt out the blue he is at rock bottom again. He doesn't speak, can't sleep and seems to have no control over his emotions (for example he smashed up a bus stop for what seems like no reason).

While his life is so turbulent i can't see him improving but he loves his job and girlfriend and so continues to ride this wave of depression.

He has been on anti-depressants and sleeping pills on and off for the last 18 months and see's a counselor through work and through the NHS periodically.

He used to be happy and carefree all the time but now he is down more than up and i worry what will come next.

Can anyone help me?

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by luvencio on Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:41 am

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I'm sorry to hear that you and your brother are going through that... I think it's great that you care so much about him to seek help. My best advice to you would be to seek help from a medical professional and maybe looking into bipolar treatment. It can be rough at first to deal with a mental illness, but there are places to go for help. Neglecting treatment might allow his behaviors to worsen. He should be happy to know what a loving sister he has.

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by Lucy11 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:20 pm

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Thanks for your lovely reply. I think he is grateful to know that people care so much about him and i think it has brought us closer because he knows i am here for him whereas he never needed it before so although i was there for him i dont think he ever knew.

He is in a good place at the moment but he stays in regular contact with his GP if he starts to feel bad but i agree with you he needs to see someone who is more specialised and can say whether it is bipolar or not.

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