Just curious............ Do your "adult" or should I say "of age" difficult child's believe they have bipolar, if they have been diagnosis'd with it? My difficult child was diagnosed several years ago and medicated for it. When she was 16 or so, she decided not to take her medications. Life has not been good for her. She doesn't believe she has bipolar. She HATES me for taking her to a psychiatrist and for insisting she take her medications. I really wasn't aware of her anger, for that anyway. But, she did just let me know. Last week, at a CPS meeting, I made a suggestion to the caseworker to get an EEG for my grandson, because my difficult child showed abnormal brain "spikes" when she had one years ago. Interestingly enough, her bio mother had a benign brain growth that caused seizure activity in the same area of the brain, and that was surgically removed. I haven't even told them of my difficult child's bipolar diagnosis yet. My difficult child looked at me and with all the contempt a person could muster, and said "Oh no you don't, MOTHER!" I was pretty shocked to say the least. I asked "What are you talking about?" and she replied "All the pills and psycho-analyzing.... you're not doing that to my son too!" I just had to ignore her. She is still extremely angry with me. I guess sharing "my truths" with her has evoked a new level of anger in her towards me. A year or so ago, we talked about her being bipolar. I have always encouraged her to get therapy and to get back on medications. My difficult child does not believe she has bipolar, refuses to be evaluated and of course would not take medications either. My difficult child does believe she has borderline personality disorder and I tend to agree. When she was 17 or so and out of our care, that label was also attributed to her, along with adhd, bipolar and histrionic personality disorder and a couple more I think. I guess my real question is........... do people with bipolar disorder even KNOW they have this or is it usual for them to be in denial? I know everyone is different, but I have a difficult time understanding how someone's life can be so dysfunctional for so long without them even having a clue even when it's been pointed out to them.