Hope For An Alcoholic Manic-DepressiveSun, Sep 8th 2002
Is there any hope for an alcoholic manic-depressive person as far as a successful treatment. My girlfriend is on probation and with all the restrictions and her condition I guess it just got too much for her. She failed a drug and alcohol test after three months of successfully having a job and going to all her court order classes. She was diagnosed as a manic-depressive in 1992 and never was/wanted to go on any medication. When she gets in a depressed mood, at least once a week on the weekend, she starts drinking beer and things go down hill from there. Even to the point of wanting to commit suicide. Unfortunately, she is now in jail awaiting her court date and since she has violated probation there doesn't seem to be anyone who cares. I just got her to start going to a local mental facility and was just about to see a psychiatrist in a couple of days when this happen. It has been brought to the doctor's attention in the jail of her condition, but like I said since she wasn't on any medication or treatment, nothing has been done. Do you have any suggestions as to what I may do to get her the treatment she appears to need?
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