Parenting a Bipolar Child, Not Quite a Child, Not Quite an AdultFri, Oct 9th 2009
I have a 17 yr. old daughter, 1st semester at community college on scholarships. She's decided not to take all of her meds. She takes concerta but doesn't want to take Seroquel as prescribed. I found a complete bottle of unopened Welbutrin. She has made poor decisions with dating guys and started bringing them to my house while I'm at work. I want her to be successful with school, and be safe. In other words, I want her taking her meds so she make better decisions. She has a doctor and therapist. What's the point of scheduling appts with her therapist if she's not going to keep them? She recently got violent with me and broke a window. I want to just change the locks when she turns eighteen. I do love her but, she leaves the house and I have no idea when she's coming home. I'm fearful that when she turns 18 I won't be able to get the services for her (i.e. RTC) that I did when she was younger. I can't make her take her meds and I can't reason with her about protecting her future. I try to drop her off for her class nearly every morning but, she won't even get up on time for that. I need my job and can't continue to support her in that matter or put my family at risk. Thank you.
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