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I'm not sure where to start with my story it is so unusual and complicated...I guess let me say I have a 19 yr old son who has recently and tentatively been diagnosed with Bipolar 1. We are still adjusting his medication but he is currently on 400mg of Lamictal and 400mg of Seroquel (mostly for sleep). Ironically the story actually starts when he was 15 and he began having severe migraines. He spent half of his junior and senior year of high school home-bound because his migraines were so severe. He had them as much as 5-6 times a week and sometimes he would have one migraine lasting weeks at a time. He started his freshman year of college at the local state university but had to medically withdrawal due to the migraines in October 2009. Even with the migraines he has always maintained a positive attitude and when he was well enough went out with friends, did school work and kept up his grades, participated in family events, and made mostly good choices. Then in mid Dec. (the 17th) he started a new medication (Remeron) for insomnia which somehow seemed to be related to his migraines. Then suddenly life changed. He stopped having migraines. He went 1, then 2, then 3, then before we knew it a week without a migraine. Needless to say we were overjoyed. He was reading his Bible and asking questions (my husband is a minister of music at our church so this nothing unusual for our family) but some of the statements and questions were a little off (Dec 30th) and then he became completely delusional (31st). I called his neurologist and the doctor on call thought it was a reaction to the remeron and said to take him off of it and symptoms should go away in a few days. Needless to say the next few days were horrible. He was hallucinating, delusional, paranoid, going from mania to despair in 15-30 minute cycles, no one slept, it was horrid. Finally Sunday evening (Jan 3) I convinced my husband we should call the doctor on call back. He did and he agreed it probably wasn't the medication at this point we were dealing with something else and we needed to take him to the hospital. Long story short, my son agreed to voluntarily commit himself to a psych hospital for evaluation. He was there for 8 days until they got him regulated on medication. He has been seeing a psychiatrist group outpatient ever since and they have completed their evaluation and testing and believe he has Bipolar 1. They are also going to do a sleep deprivation EEG to check for seizures. I want them to do a MRI or CT of the brain but he had an MRI when he started having migraines and they feel that is good enough. What do you think? Is it a strange coincidence that his migraines stopped and the Bipolar started t the same time??? Obviously there is some connection there--something happened with the brain chemistry. But more importantly than all of do I help him. I don't want to hover over him but I want to be here if he needs me. He still has some paranoia but he does trust me and his dad (completely) and his older brother (somewhat). We are a very close family and this has brought us even closer. My son has wanted us (me and my husband) to stay with him until he falls asleep a couple of times when he has had a particularly bad evening. I have written a note to him telling him how proud I am of him and the way he is handling himself. He is doing so well. He is very open about how he is feeling and honest about his limitations and extremely helpful to me and his dad (I am disabled. I have full body RSD-Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.) and he helps with cleaning and chores without expecting anything in return. He helps with the family farm. He cares for our dogs and plays with them when no one else does. He is so caring and kind and will do anything for anyone. He is just a great young man. It seems so unfair that he had to struggle with migraines throughout high school and now he is going to have to struggle with this throughout college and beyond. Please assure me it's going to get better for him that he is going to have a good life. He wants to be a coach and go into recreational ministry and I hate to see this hold him back. I want the best for him...the same every mom wants for her child....I'm sorry I'm rambling now. I just want to do all I can for him, to help him, to be there for him. But I'm not sure what that is. I don't want to baby him but I don't want to push too hard either. Where do you find that balance? Help!!!


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