Dad Back from the Beach and Alone – And Research

I got a call from Dad this afternoon. He’s back from the beach (by himself). He asked if some time I would come over and change his access code for his cell phone – apparently Mom’s been driving him nuts by erasing his messages without him knowing it.

I did a bit of research and found that bipolar is typically progressive, and the longer treatment is delayed the worse it gets. The manic & hypo manic states actually cause brain damage and the damage is cumulative.
They also have found that a set of genes are linked to bipolar disorder, and from twin studies have found that these genes can lead to either bipolar or schizophrenia. I would guess that environmental factors play a significant role in that selection.

That doesn’t sound promising for any kind of effective treatment for Mom, considering that she’s in her 70s and has NEVER been treated. I’ll have to talk to Dad about it this weekend.


~ by namegoeshere on March 14, 2008.

One Response to “Dad Back from the Beach and Alone – And Research”

  1. All the best to you as you talk with Dad.

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