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Mon May 9, 2016, 04:59 PM

VICE: Why I知 Glad My Bipolar Dad Was Institutionalized

"Your father is all set to be released tomorrow," the social worker said, her voice cheery, as if this were good news.

My stomach dropped.

My father was about to be released from his third hospitalization in five months. A decade earlier, he'd had an episode from which he never fully recovered. He had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his early 20s, but managed to maintain stability for years. In 2008, at 44 years old, he became manic. Then he crashed into a deep depression that never loosened its icy grip. That episode, which happened when I was 18, rendered my dad unable to work or live alone. When my parents' marriage ended three years later, he moved in with his mother, spending the days sleeping in the sun in a bay window and the nights shuffling about, locked in his own internal hell.

My father's bipolar cycles, with hospitalizations at least once a year, somehow became normal for our family. However, the winter before the social worker's call葉he eighth year in this cycle謡as particularly brutal. In January, I brought him to the hospital for manic symptoms. We spent 12 long hours in the emergency room before he secured a bed in a psychiatric hospital. As he was restrained on a stretcher for transport, I prayed for the best. But when he got to the psychiatric hospital, the staff immediately recognized that his symptoms were not related to his being bipolar揺e was showing signs of a stroke. Unbeknownst to me, he was transferred to the neurological department at a third hospital. I awakened to a call from the doctor in the middle of the night, seeking information about this confusing patient.



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mopinko May 2016 #1

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Mon May 9, 2016, 05:44 PM

1. seems like such a no-brainer.

my sister is in a nursing home. she has ms and was dx'd as bipolar, but i dont think she is really. her daughter was recently dx'd w ms also, and shows the exact same kind of mental symptoms as her mom.
to say my sister's life is misery is an understatement of epic proportion.
she has descended into a little more than vegetative state. but there is just no other place for her to be. her psyche symptoms are what really made it impossible for her to stay at home.
i know her daughter lives in fear of meeting the same fate.

i am encouraged by the recent research into just how the brain works and doesnt work. i hope for a miracle for my niece.

but really, what kind of people are we that we cant fix this problem? just unbearable.

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