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Novanut
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September 29, 2013 5:09 pm  

My son, currently living in Phoenix, has been suffering from, what seems like, bi-polar disorders for several years now. I just spoke with him and he is severely depressed. These bouts of depression seem to be occurring more frequently. I know there are doctors there who may help, which is why I'm reaching out to those here who might know of a doctor there he could see and possibly get treatment and medication.

Members of this board have always been helpful with me on many occasions for which I am very grateful. I will be eternally grateful should anyone know of a doctor who may be able to help save my son.

Thank you.


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September 29, 2013 8:01 pm  

So sorry to hear that. I suffer from bouts of manic (from moms side) and high anxiety (from dads side) lol. Thanks parents for those genes. Ugh. Fist off he needs to talk to someone about it - combined with meds is a good start. Does he have health insurance? I would have him look into who's accepted and then look at ZocDoc for good reviews nearby. You didn't mention age or actual location. Metro Phoenix? I lived in Surprise and Peoria - west valley.

What ever you do don't go to Adelante Healthcare. They are HORRIBLE.


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September 29, 2013 9:06 pm  

can you have him baker acted? ( 72 hour hold in mental hospital ). Has he threatened harm to himself or others? if so call 911 and state that he has made those threats


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September 29, 2013 9:13 pm  

Thanks for your replies. No, he is not dangerous but has talked of suicide often which is why I'm so worried. He is 26, musically gifted and shy. He has, unsuccessfully, gone to see doctors in his hometown of Roswell New Mexico (no alien jokes, please). Didn't see any use for it and walked out of some sessions. Has no insurance or money, to speak of.


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September 30, 2013 1:03 pm  

if he has threatened suicide, that is a danger to himself and he can be baker acted in some or all cases-not sure of criteria. call the local hospital and ask them the criteria for being baker acted. never take any threat of suicide lightly.


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September 30, 2013 1:26 pm  

He's been this way for several years, in varying degrees. I'm looking into the Mayo clinic in Scottsdale but if there are facilities better suited for bipolar depression, wherever they are, I would like to know.


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September 30, 2013 6:33 pm  

I am so sorry you are going through this.


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Novanut
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September 30, 2013 7:39 pm  

Thank you. I'm going to see if I can get him into see someone at Mayo clinic. The hard part is convincing him to go.


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September 30, 2013 7:42 pm  

Good luck to you and your son, Novanut.
It is extremely difficult and heartrending situation.
I hope your son accepts your offer of help and gets better.
He has to want it.

Our prayers will be with you.


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Novanut
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September 30, 2013 8:02 pm  

Thank you everyone.


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Ronnie
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October 7, 2013 3:45 pm  

You know Roger Morgan now lives in Roswell. Did you know him? Maybe he can help.


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Novanut
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October 13, 2013 8:30 pm  

I do know Roger. Met him when I went back for a visit this past spring. Very sad about his wife but he was very appreciative of a photo I took of them when Jimmy Carter came in 2009.

Spoke with my son today and he seems stable for the time being. Am still working on several avenues to help him realize the seriousness of his condition.

Thank you for your concern.


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Ronnie
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October 13, 2013 10:02 pm  

Roger's birthday is today!!(Facebook friends and all)


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October 13, 2013 11:04 pm  

I suppose I should throw my 2 cents in...

I am diagnosed as bi-polar with schizo-affective disorder - episodic schizophrenia. I take a variant of Risperdal called Invega. It comes as a shot in the arm or arse once a month. It was originally for schizo-affective and schizophrenic treatment, but has found uses for bi-polar as well.

Here is a review of Invega with comments indicating that it works well for just bi-polar alone:

User Reviews for Invega

I like the shot because I don't have to remember to eat a pill, and if I don't feel like taking my medication I have no choice - it is already in me.

Good Luck!


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Novanut
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October 14, 2013 2:50 am  

Thanks again. I'll look into it.


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