Our expert says:
Bipolar Disorder ought to be able to be properly controlled by suitable medication, and I would see it as essential for the treating psychiatrist ( this should NEVER be dealt with solely by a GP ) should also make sure to hear from family members to better assess the continuing situation. The sort of violence you describe is not usually a part of manic episodes, and you should discuss this with the treating shrink, as this could indeed be damaging for the child.
This is more than ordinary manic episodes, and needs both to be re-assessed by the treating psychiatrist ( maybe some medication changes could help ) and perhaps also by a psychologist with expertise in such situations, who can help both to assess the situation and to help find better ways to control these crises. The psychologist could also help to assess the child and suggest better ways to protect and help him.
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