This must be an epidemic -- my 17 year old Difficult Child with bipolar disorder had another manic episode on Monday -- this time at school, where people besides me got to experience it. He attends a non-public school for kids with emotional disability, but hadn't really been displaying the behaviors that he's been showing at home. It's been a roller-coaster ride. During his manic episodes, he hates me, hates the family, breaks the rules, stays out late, rants and argues loudly & aggressively if anyone gives him an audience. Luckily no violence, as was his past pattern before residential treatment. But my issue is that he takes no responsibility for coping with his mania, for developing strategies to somehow not inflict his turmoil on everyone else. Once it passes in 3 days, we are all supposed to pretend that nothing out of the ordinary happened, even though we are shaken & re-traumatized. After running away from school on Monday and staying out all night, he is now in the custody of CPS and they are having a hard time understanding why I am not rushing straightaway to pick him up. He will be 18 in 2 1/2 weeks and his Probation Officer is going to try to change his status to allow him to have Transitional Housing, but in the meantime they want me to take him home. However, I do not want that, and have located 2 nearby youth shelters that he can choose from. Any advice?