Should I tell my 17-year-old son he's been diagnosed with Bipolar 2?
I am a 54-year-old father who has been looking for advice on how--or even whether it's advisable--to tell a teen he or she has been diagnosed with bipolar 2. He was diagnosed as a 15-year-old. The neuropyschologist (a very good one) who diagnosed him mentioned that he was on the young side for diagnosis and that medication options should be put on hold for a good six months in lieu of counseling for a while. My son's therapist (and LPC) is not a huge believer in labeling teen behavior problems too early or too concretely, and I must say I have been of that same belief, in contrast to my wife, who has been ready to pursue medication options for a while now.
That said, I have found no articles or literature anywhere on the topic of whether it's even appropriate to tell your teen directly he or she has the diagnosis. What are your thoughts? Is it helpful or even advisable? We have actually breached the subject of medications to control his anger outbursts (which seem to have subsided), and he is quite opposed to the idea, based in large part on his observations of others on medications.
Many Thanks in Advance for your response.
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