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4. Kid is bipolar. No doubt in my mind
Sun Jan 31, 2016, 08:53 AM
Jan 2016

I hope someone else figured that out, like during his rehab he saw a psychiatrist and was being stabilized on meds. Problem is with bp, it takes a long time for a young person to accept. There's a yearning to be normal. There's a lot of shame. The fact that people know didly poo about mental illness, unless they see someone shouting at imaginary images, leads to more shaming. It's like Trump making fun of an obviously disabled reporter. Mental illness is invisible. People can't see it, so it not there. People with bipolar disorder are wildly successful artists, musicians, salesmen, authors. Unmediated, their behavior is wildly irratic. They self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Johnny has a problem. But people only see and comment on the symptoms. The team might even know this, which is why they're hanging on despite the ridicule they're getting. They're likely trying to support him. But if he refuses to be med compliant (which takes time, bipolar people are famous for going on and off meds and in and out of hospitals) they have to let him go. People with bipolar lack perspective. Losing important things, repeatedly, help give them some perspective...eventually.

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