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I need help.

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by DawnB, Dec 29, 2011.

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  1. DawnB

    DawnB Well-Known Member


    Some of you may have known me as I've spent the summer in this forum. I'm still not well. Even though I have a school job, it won't pay much and that feeling of having money is only temporary. Also, I have two ex-friends now.

    But right now, I'm worried about my friend. She's suffering from bipolar disorder. Things have not been okay with her either, and I guess our pain bonds us. But I don't want her to die. She is the only person I can call my friend as I refuse to open myself up to anyone else.

    The backstory: She's 27. Not a college student. Has serious issues with her family not treating her right. She lives with her parents and they won't do anything to help her. She lost her cat to kidney disease because she couldn't afford to take her to the vet. She recently told me that because she's been left untreated for bipolar for so many years, it could shift into schizophrenia. I asked her to get some help. However, she explained that the last time she did it, the only mental health clinic she could go to....well the psychiatrists kept switching around medicine, she couldn't afford Lithium anymore, and the therapists treated her badly. She refuses to go back there for these reason. But with the fact that she has no health insurance and the fact the welfare hasn't helped either, I just don't know what to do. Or if there are any options left. She lives in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (I don't live there, I live in Ohio), and I need to know if there's any other resources for her there. If this is not the right thread to go to, please direct me to another one.
  2. magentapink13

    magentapink13 Member

    Hi, Dawn. I wish I could help you but I didn't want to just read your post without responding. What a jewel you are and your friend is lucky to have you. Surely there must be something she can do to get the help she needs. Are there no low cost clinics where she's at? I assume she and you have exhausted all resources there. I hope you are able to come up with something. My mom and younger bro have been diagnosed bipolar. My mom would probably be in a manic phase now if she wasn't on lithium. It does seem to help her though she admits to missing the highs. Now she spends a lot of time just feeling numb and low energy. I hope and pray your friend will be alright until a solution can be found. In the meantime make sure to take care of youself too. I think it's great to focus on someone other than yourself, especially if you struggle with your own issues, but don't lose yourself either. Your friend, Sarah
  3. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

    Why don't you have her apply for SSI.. The benefits are much better..They willl more than likely turn her down first,Then she needs to get a lawyer who specialises in SSI.. They won't charge her until they win..She will get a lump some check for all that time she waited..She can pay the lawyer out of that and go to the regular hospital for help because she will then have insurance..I hope this helpsd..
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