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How do I love my bipolar daughter in her best interest?

By Anonymous June 8, 2012 - 8:43am
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I am very close to my 20 year old daughter who is bipolar and has been living away from home in a sober house for 4+months. She is trying to get out on her own and recently went to the hospital after 3 weeks in her own apartment, for a suicide attempt. My appraoch to her has always been loving and cooperative, and her father wants to take a tough love stand. He looks at her more as an alcoholic, which I think was just a symptom/coping mechanism that she has given up. I look at her as a woman who is struggling with illness. Which will be more helpful? Can tough love help or hurt, genrally?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Weather she is an alcholic or not.  She needs your time and help more now, then ever.  Just the fact she was taken into the hospital for a suicide attempt, it's a sign something is not right in her life.   Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away; in fact, it will almost certainly get worse. Diagnosing the problem as early as possible and getting into treatment can help prevent these complications.  It's imporatnt to see a primary doctor and he might start her on treatment such as an antidepressant and also to seek help from a psychotherapist.  Bipolar disorder is a complex condition. Diagnosis can be tricky and treatment is often difficult. For safety reasons, medication should be closely monitored. A psychiatrist who is skilled in bipolar disorder treatment can help you navigate these twists and turns.

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