Q I am 63, fairly fit and optimistic about life, but I am managing a heart condition and am worried about my son, who fails to consider the impact his erratic behaviour has on me.
He watched his mum (my first wife) struggle with bipolar disorder, and so he has a distrust of treatment having witnessed the draconian measures used to treat her, such as repeated sectioning, ECT [electroconvulsive therapy] and tons of drugs. Sadly, and despite a lot of help, his mother took her own life. After his degree my son decided to stay on in his university town, addicted to weed and alcohol, moving on from angry landlords, trying his best to tackle his mood swings and addictions.
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