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Helping Someone with Bipolar Disorder

My son suffers from Bipolar Disorder - we have had to have him put in the hospital 4 times so far because of his delusions and comments about suicide. Usually he is in the hospital approx 2 weeks. Once home he stops taking his medication, says he has no problem - that we are his problem. He gets jobs with temp agencies as he does x-rays in hospitals - the temp agencies provide him with rental cars and a place to stay. Basically he is able to work for several months and be normal and then usually around April or so he seems to start getting bad and is not able to work. My question - if he gets bad again, I pray he does not, but if he does - how do we help him - is it better to get help for him so that he can blame us for everything and refuse medication once he is home, or should we do nothing for awhile and let him wander around somewhere? Either way, I don't know what to do - what is your advice?

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