Isn’t it just ironic that when you say ‘she is settling’ that you then see something that tells you she is not. As a parent and carer you have an inbuilt sensor that reads the triggers and signs of the lows and the highs of bipolar disorder. These periods can go on for months and as Molly was showing signs of a mania back in November I dare to hope that what I saw tonight was just a blip and she is actually on the road to recovery. The symptoms of bipolar disorder vary from person to person and can take a long time to diagnose. Molly was diagnosed initially when she was 16 but then after a period in an assessment hospital in Prudhoe this diagnosis was taken away and Autism was confirmed. After a couple of year of cycling between episodes of depression and mania Molly was once again diagnosed with bipolar, this time the manic period resulted in her being sectioned in January. Molly’s section was changed from a 2 to a 3 which means she can now be detained for up to 6 months.
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