September 18, 2008
I feel like I need to share my story. I think my brother has bipolar. He was diagnosed with a “chemical imbalance” at the age of 14 after a suicide attempt and a month of hospitalization. It is my understanding this disorder has some genetics involved. My grandfather was mentally ill, and I also have a first cousin from the same side who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
To me his life is just spinning out of control. He is 34 has a beautiful baby who is 10 months old. He has been married 3 times had 2 vehicles repossessed. He obviously spends money he doesn’t have. There are so many things he does and when confronted about them he says “I’m fine” “don’t worry.”
The one thing I have a question about is lying. After all the reading I’ve done, I don’t see a whole lot about lying. He does this constantly. Is this one of the symptoms? My parents and I urged him to get some help, and he did make an appointment to talk to someone. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.