I need some insight into bipolar please.
My 40 y/o sister is in hospital again. She has been in a hospital 4 or 5 times since she was 24 y/o.
I have my own ideas about depression and this huge topic and would like to explain where i am coming from.
1) do people actually get better and live a fully normal life with bi polar ? If not, why ??
2) Do they not get better because the brain type drugs are not what these people need. Would they benefit more from attention to diet and hormones ?
3) When humans are badly treated physically or emotionally the body adapts and changes to accommodate the stress, stimulus etc.
e.g., if you don't get a good diet while growing you will likely be smaller in stature. If you bind your feet while they grow they will be small and deformed when you reach full adulthood. Women used to do this in Japan.
When children are treated with fear, or non consistent attention they can develop unbalanced personalities. The body learns ways of behaving on a hormonal and chemical level.
4) The mental health industry wants to alter peoples brain signalling in order to make them well. But why do they not look at a more fundamental level and balance hormonal issues which are never addressed.
Is it because hormones cannot make companies any money ??
So i have a sister who lives a very separate life from mine. I have not seen her many times over the last few years as she has wanted to keep herself separate from the family.
Two years ago she was at her mums house and took all her clothes off and ran around the garden. She was being very aggressive and the police were called and she was sectioned. At the time she was going through issues with her husband and they have now divorced, but are still friends.
She has recently been sectioned again after crashing her car the other week.
She called me tonight (which she has never done before as i am not really part of her life). She was talking about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child. This topic comes up every time she is having a full "episode". It is not talked about when she is balanced.
I think all this is happening AGAIN because of medicine changes.
To me it just seems that my sister does not get better or balanced. All the drugs do is keep her contained. Are there any alternative paths to follow in terms of getting better. I think she has a councillor who she sees most weeks so talking is part of her life which is a good thing, but she is still unwell. I mean is this the norm for bipolar for the rest of your life ? Is it the norm to talk about sexual abuse when in an episode ? Why does she talk about this only when she is unwell ??
Growing up for both of us was not happy. We lived in a stable community, but our home life was dysfunctional (but very middle class). He lived with my mum from 7 yrs till 15. He was never violent or bad to us, we were just a burden to my mum and her boyfriends relationship. Whether this guy sexually abused my sister i have no idea. I suppose it could easily have happened, but i never saw anything. This topic was never mentioned until my sister was first sectioned aged 24 and this is when she was diagnosed as bi polar. Before this she was just a normal young adult, a bit geeky, but boringly normal.
I don't know if anyone can help me because i am looking for a bit more guidance than just "please be there for her". I really want to find some deeper answers to this whole thing. I am pretty sure there is more that can be done than just dosing up on personality suppressing drugs.
sorry for rambling, but it is hard to type exactly what i am feeling and my thoughts.