Bi-polar is thought to be a chemical imbalance related problem but the condition takes many forms and depths. I suggest you simply do an internet search and read, read, read. There is too much to the condition to thoroughly describe here but I will give you a flavor.
First of all, your dad has little control over his behaviors and thoughts during certain phases of the mood cycles. Know this and stand by him and do not hold some of the negative things against him as he cannot control himself at times. The bi-polar disorder can have multiple phases that go from Manic to depressed. The other name for the condition is, in fact, manic depressive disorder. There are several types known such as rapid cycle and more.
Go read and see where your dad fits in. I suggest you also join a support forum to talk to others so that you and your mom and brother and sisters understand and do not abandon your dad in his time of need. You need to seek understanding and strength. Now go to it!
ive known many girls that were friends and a couple of girlfriends that were bipolar.i can tell you first hand i experienced alot of strange and definitely abnormal things obviously.fault cant be placed with the individual diagnosed though as the post before me said,it is pretty much uncontrollable.i can definitely tell you its a long and hard road in the battle with manic/bipolar disorders.one in which i have never seen a real cure all method.ive seen a girlfriend of mine go through so much and to this day she still hasnt gotten the psychological effects whipped.alot of times doctors are quick to start throwing meds at you but as ive seen these can have as much of an adverse effect as the actual disorder.constantly sleeping or lack thereof from some of the prescribed meds.for the most part the person regains balance when on meds,but the side effects and changes make you wonder whats worse,the meds or the disorder itself.god knows most docs will not even fill you in on all the sides involved as ive learned,i imagine the best method is to do a plethoria of research yourself and consult with a doctor as well.i myself suffer from mild depression(mild,but its a daily thing for me)and also s.a.d(social anxiety disorder,i think people are judging me or thinking bad things of me at a bare minimum 50% of the time in person)i have been looking into the benefits of some natural remedies.i started taking 5htp and st johns wort and there has been a definite improvement,although i still cant pass judgement on whether it works for me as i havent been on long enough.i suggest that you check out these two and research more as there is alot of other things that could possibly help.im not sure if 5htp could help with bipolar disorders but i know it is the direct precursor to serotonin(what the body uses to actually make serotonin).so check it out,it couldnt hurt and i know of alot of people that its helped.again,not sure the effects it has on bipolar disorder.check out this site i found a couple weeks ago,the forums has a bit of info on 5htp posted by others and there might be something there on bipolar
yes i already know all about the disorder but my father is denying he has a problem and wont seek help and if you try to talk to him he gets pretty angry so he dosnt see he has a problem so how would you help him get help?
how can you be positive he actually is bipolar?are you making an educated guess based on research youve done and studying his activities?im just curious.as far as getting him to realize he needs help.that is something that is i guess the hardest thing to do id imagine.seems that its always said that the first step to recognition of a problem is a tough one.i dont know how close you are to your father but maybe when hes in a great mood or upbeat,just try and talk to him.try not to critisize or make it seem like youre a know it all.from what i gathered most parents dont like that(mine damn sure dont.)maybe you can find a test online and use some of the questions from that to ask him maybe.i know there are depression self tests in a number of places online.i imagine if you pose the questions right and at the right time you could get some answers.also if you just look at what the symptoms of bipolar disorder are and then turn that into your own little quiz.maybe you can monitor his actions from day to day.you know,how many ups and downs and the severity of each and stuff.i really dont know what else to tell you besides that.maybe youre mother could get involved?do you have any sisters or brothers that could also help you talk with him or something?i wish you luck with this
oh and on a side note,it is very strange for someone just to get angry at you for having a levelheaded adult conversation with them.my mother would do the same thing when i would try to approach her about some things as well.i found the only thing that ever worked was showing written fact that there is a problem.like from a book that lists symptoms of the problem/disorder.then they can obviously see for themselves there is an evident problem by analyzing the things they do from the list of symptoms.maybe finding some pamphlets about it or something.