The purpose of this post is give hope, encouragement, faith and love to the person who is both an addict and suffers from manic depression. If you are anything like me, I had no confidence that I could ever recover from the dual diagnosis of chemical addiction and manic depression. I am living proof that it can be done, with the love and power of Jesus Christ.
Sixteen years ago, I was homeless on the streets of Denver, Colorado. This was the end of a 28 year battle with chemical dependency and manic depression.
Hi. I have a younger brother (21) who is schizophrenic. It started out a couple years ago, he was diagnosed bi polar. He was 51/50 and was taking meds for a little while. He was out of control so we moved him to Florida to live with our older brother. He stopped taking his meds and fell deep into depression but was no longer manic. In November I noticed he was getting ill again but this time much worse. He is now I believe full blown schizophrenic living on the streets living in hallucinations. It is awful. I don’t know how to help him because he doesn’t think he needs help. He’s been admitted into the hospital twice within a month or two and hasn’t helped at all. I don’t know what to do because California Law says if they don’t want help you can’t force him but I’m losing my brother and watching him live in complete insanity. I am completely heart broken. What do I do? I need help but I feel like it’s impossible. I feel so alone and so lost. I just want my brother back.
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