Bipolar friend needs help but doesn't want it
July 8, 2011 3:35 PM Subscribe
How can I convince my bipolar friend to get treatment?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total)
A close friend of mine is bipolar and wholeheartedly believes in a delusional belief system. He fluctuates between that and being totally normal. In the past, before we met, he was committed against his will and abused and traumatized by the system so he doesn't want to go back to a hospital. He also doesn't think he needs help.
He's high-functioning, but what worries me isn't even his belief system but the fact that he seems dysphoric and often talks about harming others or himself, though he never actually has.
He sees himself as highly logical, but there are contradictions in his belief system. If I try to point those out, would it help him see that these beliefs are delusional? It seems like the problem is more the mood of hopelessness than the delusions, yet they influence each other.