I was studying in the U.S. last year and I had a hypomanic episode. I visited 6 psychiatrists and refused to take medication because I did not want to admit I had mental health issues. I am a Punjabi (from a North Indian state) and in my community patients with mental health issues are killed or the parents pray for their death because of the stigma attached. I come from a very conservative (bordering on fundamentalist) family and I did not want to admit to a problem that would threaten my life. So my problem kept getting worse till I was court ordered to get myself tested after I had a major car accident. I was taken to India by my parents where my family told me to commit suicide. I refused to do so and then I was taken to a psychiatrist. My psychiatrist told my parents that I should be kept with them till they find a suitable man for me. The problem is that I have been educated in the U.S. (undergraduate as well as graduate) and I want to lead an independent life. My question is that can bipolar patients lead independent lives and manage well or do they need constant supervision by their parents or a spouse? I need evidence to prove to my parents and psychiatrist that it is possible for me to live independently and not be suffocated in Kuwait where I have no friends and no social life. Please help. Thank you.
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