Bipolar World, an excellent resource covering just about every aspect of the illness, offers some sage advice for family members of a person who refuses treatment. At times an individual may not believe him/herself to be ill – one of the hallmarks of psychosis and mania.
The article is relevant to anyone with a family member suffering mental illness, not just bipolar disorder. The key is that unless the person is a danger to him/herself or others (and therefore subject to being committed/certified to a hospital for involuntary care) treatment cannot be forced, and what is most helpful is protecting and educating yourself. Many mental health organizations offer support for family members – try the Depression and Bipolar Supprt Alliance or the Canadian Mental Health Association for free, confidential assistance.
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Kiume, S. (2006). Helping Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 22, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2006/02/23/helping-someone-who-doesnt-want-help/