Our expert says:
Especially with a bipolar disorder, medication can be very important indeed in trying to achieve a control of the severe mood swings. But I am always uneasy when any significant mood problem is treated entirely with medication. From the sound of it, your friend should ALSO be seeing a psychologist for a proper assessment of her psychological issues, and a skilled psychotherapy, probably of the CBT format.
But it sounds as though you may be facing an all-too frequent problem, someone who is their own worst enemy, in whom the basic personality disorder which makes them unpleasant and self-sabotaging may even make them untreatable.
It is sad when people are very lonely through no fault of their own, but less sad when someone is so unpleasant that people find it painful to be with her, or who refuses to try to be pleasantly friendly with anyone else.
But OK, she took an overdose and was admitted to a local state hospital - that may be important and helpful. Communicate with whichever doctor she is seeing ( she may not have told him much if any of her relevant history ) and emphasize her need to be seen and assessed by a good psychiatrist and psychologist, and for them to consider the option of compulsory admission to start treatment she may be thought to need.
If she can get proper expert help, she may improve to the extent that she could then appreciate and respond to all the other kind things you have been trying to do for her. Otherwise, its like you're singing to a deaf person.
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