I realized tonight one of my best friends has a mood disorder
For a year he has been behaving very erratically, and I wondered whether it was a midlife crisis. But tonight watching him swing from almost catatonically depressed to upbeat, then back to midway again, I realize there must be something chemically out of balance with him. He was behaving like other people I know who are bipolar when they're off they're meds.
What should I do? He is in therapy but is not seeing a psychiatrist, nor is he on any meds. And could bi-polar disorder really manifest itself in his late 40s? Before this year he was fine (lightly depressed and in therapy, but not nearly so violently moody).
Dear, are you qualified to diagnose people?
If not, then kindly shut the fuck up.
[quote] Before this year he was fine (lightly depressed and in therapy
Why was he depressed?
Why is he in therapy?
There's kind of not much you can do. Most therapists feel pressure to send their clients to a psychiatric evaluation, just for records. If it's a therapist who works with a bigger practice, it's pretty much required.
If he hasn't seen a psychiatrist for a brief Q&A, then odds are he declined one. If you don't want the confrontation, try to hang out with him less or in a larger group.
Bipolar is very in nowadays. Congratulate him on his being so fashionable.
r1 you do not need to be medical professional to know batshit when you see it.
So you shut the fuck up asshole!
OP was only asking...
Sounds like drugs, OP. Self medicating.
Do bipolar people really cycle back and forth that quickly? Maybe he just has a run of the mill drug problem.
I don't know that it's bipolar--but it seemed beyond his ability to control it.
I seriously doubt it's drugs--he's incredibly straight arrow.
Just stay thie hell away from him, you can't make him get the kind of help he needs or take meds, and he will only f-@& up your life every chance you give him.