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Looking for Advice: Dad Giving Up

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Yvie

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Hi all — here looking for advice and/or information. My Dad is bipolar (I think Bipolar I but I’m not sure) and he is seemingly treatment-resistant. His psychiatrist has now recommended ECT (about which he has doubts/concerns) but his depression is currently so severe that it led to muscle atrophy and hospitalization. Contrast this against two years ago when his mania was at such a point (and of risk to both he and my mom) that we attempted as a family to secure involuntary in-patient treatment for him (and failed) and his psychiatrist recommended a partial inpatient treatment program, which he rejected. I am at wits end, devastated by witnessing what depression is doing to my Dad and equally angry that he seems unwilling to make any effort/change/etc. to try to get better. I’m considering estrangement to protect myself from what I feel is his seemingly his “choice” to do nothing — but if there was some way that I could help reverse that trend I’m all ears — as I love him so much and just want him to be the Dad I remember, know, and love when his disease is in a more manageable place. Suggestions welcome
 
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Zig Zag

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Hi Yvie It is very difficult for you at the moment with your Father Maybe you could somehow convince him that medication or therapy can work for him He needs a more positive outlook to his illness but as you know that is the problem at the moment. Wish you all the best. :havingfun:
 
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indigo6

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Sorry the situation is so difficult Yvie. Cant offer advice but sending you a :hug:
 
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