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    I thought my mum might be depressed but then it occurred to me that she might be bipolar...I'm not sure i looked it up on google but the symptoms dont really match her. she frequently lashes out over the smallest things, she can be very unpleasant to be around but then other times shes fine....she can be really mean sometimes but on the other hand really nice. she also gets extremely irritable and i feel like everything i do is wrong...she has insomnia, she is not on any medication that i know of

    im 18 im doing my a levels and im really worried and i dont know what to do, please help me please, i dont want to tell anyone i know cos i know a few of my friends have been unsympathetic to someone we all know who has or had depression and i dont want them to think that about my mum. i love her loads and im really worried and i want to help her
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    Hey, it sounds like a very similar situation to me. Is she seeing anyone about her problems first off?
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    You're probably not going to find out what's wrong with her unless you talk to a professional? Maybe you could approach her and tell her you want to help her be happier and talk to someone about it. If that fails you could always speak to someone you trust by yourself to get some proper advice, maybe someone with experience in mental health. People can be really judgemental about mental health, i completely understand where you're coming from if you don't want people to know, but it's good to maybe talk to a trusted friend, it's not good to bottle these things up
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    You're probably not going to find out what's wrong with her unless you talk to a professional? Maybe you could approach her and tell her you want to help her be happier and talk to someone about it. If that fails you could always speak to someone you trust by yourself to get some proper advice, maybe someone with experience in mental health. People can be really judgemental about mental health, i completely understand where you're coming from if you don't want people to know, but it's good to maybe talk to a trusted friend, it's not good to bottle these things up
    she'll get pissed off if i tell her to see someone i think. i know she doesnt want to talk about it
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    she'll get pissed off if i tell her to see someone i think. i know she doesnt want to talk about it
    Well in that case i think you should go and talk to someone yourself, if that fails then at least try and talk to a friend about it? It's unfair of her to burden you with this, nothing wrong with having bipolar or depression, but it's wrong to take it out on you. You can contact mental health charity Mind here and get some advice from their helpline.

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