My boyfriend of about 7 months is having a manic episode. He has had one before, and was institutionalized against his will. He holds a serious grudge and seems pretty traumatized about that experience, as he was sedated against his will and kept in solitary confinement for mooning a camera. Last week his mother took him in again to the hospital as he was visiting her, but he was released. He has been drinking a LOT and taking whatever substances he can find, but generally just alcohol and weed. He has been doing very strange things and clearly has minor psychosis. He is looking at this as a spiritual experience and not something that is wrong with him, but rather something that is good for him and makes him special. He got a loan from his mom to get back on his feet, and spent the whole thing VERY frivolously in about a week and a half (I mean, giving people 80 dollar tips several times a day, buying crazy amounts of things in fancy stores, etc). Our friends are all hippie types and are pretty amused at this point, although they were alarmed and scared at first. Everyone likes to drink a lot and his house-mates drink every day and there is always liquor around. I'm worried about him, but he definitely won't listen to me when I try to talk to him. He just says, "you don't understand."
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I'd like to share to those who is currently suffering from this condition my experience. I was diagnosed with bulimia when I was 18. To cut it short. It took me a decade to fully convince myself that I need to recover. Through the help of my family and friends as well as Julie from http://bulimiafree.com/ I slowly understand the roots of my condition. It takes determination and understanding to fully throw this diseases. If I was able to do it. You can do it as well.