Our expert says:
Bipolar Disoder, and indeed also OCD, are common disorders which usually respond well to appropriate medication. CBT style psychotherapy can also help, though in severe cases a combination would probably be wisest.
Surely at least some of his distress and temper is related to losing his girlfriend and his discontent at work ?
The presence of a family history in terms of his mother having had similar problems, is relevant. YOu know him well. YOu can find a way of talking with him about his problems - about how they affect him, about how he could be better, and perhaps persuade him to consider treatment, perhaps starting with a counsellor. What did he think of the sielkundige he saw - would he consider seeing him/her again, or maybe he'd prefer to see someone else ?
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