- Jan 13, 2022
Hi Everyone, I'm new to this forum and wanted to reach out to ask for any advice to help a loved one who has Bipolar Type 1 in getting help. My loved one is my brother who is in his mid 40s and was diagnosed with his condition a few years ago when he just turned 40. The situation that I'm in is that after my brother had been on medication for nearly 3 years he slowly drifted off medication in June of last year and has been off medication since that time. I and our parents encouraged him to get back on medication but sadly he did not wish to. He finally left our parent's home where he was staying in early September and has been living in hotels in a nearby city since then. Today he has come back home. Although my parents and I are excited to see him we are trying to figure out how to approach the next steps in the conversation without triggering him. We think when he had made the decision to leave abruptly it's because we triggered him by trying to get him back on medication so taking that into mind we clearly don't think it's a good idea to bring the medication up but we know that he needs to get some sort of treatment and medicine. When he was on medication he was totally fine and it was working well. Through several appointments with his doctor he slowly decreased the dosage to the point it wasn't helping him no longer and he finally made the decision to go off of it. Any help and advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much and God Bless you!