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Good afternoon, I am Dr Ruff, thank you for contacting us today
What medication has he been prescribed? And was it a psychiatrist who has diagnosed him?
Thank you. So Lithium can take several weeks to become effective. Therefore there is a good chance there will be some improvement soon. September is therefore a reasonable time to allow the medication to work before reviewing how well it is working for him.
If there is any problem whilst taking the medication then you can contact your GP who can refer to the duty psychiatrist, this could be for an earlier review if urgent, or advice re medication.
The issue regarding finance is the difficult one. Your only option is to limit their spending directly by either managing this for them, or with their agreement hold onto their credit cards etc. This can only be done with their consent however. Another sensible option is to contact all credit cards that they have access to and reduce the credit limits. Again you need the consent of your grandson to do this.
It would also be worth utilising some of the available charities for support with this, and I am sure they can given what you are describing is a common problem with Bipolar.
I am however sorry that your GP was not very supportive, but they will be able to access the mental health services if it was urgent for you.
I hope your grandson finds the lithium helpful very soon as I can appreciate this impacts many people in the family including yourself and your daughter.
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Hello again, I am really sorry to hear.
You need to contact their GP who can request the mental health team urgently assess them
Alternatively if you have phone number for the local psychiatric clinic he was treated at, phone them and ask for the duty clinician (often this is a psychiatric nurse)
Your final resort is 111 and ask for the CRISIS team