Our expert says:
Bipolar Disorder is treatable, with meds to help both depressed and manic phases of it, and to reduce the frequency and severity of episodes. Self-cutting is not a part of Bipolar Disorder, but a not uncommon problem in its own right, which of course may also occur in people with this disorder. This is relevant because this part of her problem is not usually helped by medication fromm a psychiatrist, but psychotherapy from a skilled and experienced psychologist can help.
If this has been a recurrent problem, she absolutely should be regularly seeing both a psychiatrist for medication supervision and a psychologist for therapy. And while your wish to hlp is admirable, it is absolutely essential that she recognize that she herself has to take prime responsibility for controlling these situations rather than just surrendering to her impulses and leaving it to others to try to sort it out.
Such a situation is far beyond what a GP is trained to be capable of handling alone
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