and whose life is spinning dangerously out of control. some of you know him, he has posted on here before in the asylum, his name was oren. his ot name i shall remain to keep anonymous. oren basically has a very severe case of bipolar disorder. hes the youngest sibling of 3 brothers, and possesses the most severe case of bipolar disorder out of the three of them. the only reason i am making this thread is because i really do not know how to deal with his problem anymore. to me its very strange that a person can look normal, sound normal, but is in fact not normal. ive been dealing with it for 12 years knowing this OTer IRL. oren and i just had our birthdays come and go today. yes we have the same birthday 1 year apart from each other, and we are considered like solar twins. he is my best friend and ever since i moved far away from him, things have gone down hill for him. i want to let you know oren is in the hospital right now. he threatened to kill someone, and became very depressive, a side which i rarely see, because he usually has non-stop episodes of mania ever since the doctors took him off lithium because it was killing his liver/kidneys. somehow i think that was the worst decision they could have ever made. because ever since, he has been in and out of hospitals, unphased of his condition, continuing to think his manic episode is one long marathon of reality. well today it really hit me when he forcefully was placed in the psych ward on his birthday-- that my best friend, is not the normal guy i thought he was this past decade of knowing him. i have a hard time acknowledging that my friend is not normal. why is it so hard for bipolar people to listen to other people? they never take anyone's advice. they do their own thing no matter what. he had so much support not just from me, but from his family who was giving him a place to stay, food to eat, money for work. his sponsors, and his other friends too. he chooses to walk down a line that he drew out himself, no matter how many people tell him the line he drew, isn't as straight as he thinks it is. so it feels good getting that out of my system. i am frustrated, annoyed, angry, and at the same time sad that i cannot do anything for him. this is a thread to help my friend, suggestions that can be fed from here through me to him, on a personal solar-twin-best-friend level, a relationship that is sacred to both of us. any help on what to do and how to get my friend oren over the hill of this horrible parasitic disease is appreciated.