I came across this site when I Googled Christian with bipolar daughter. As I read through the thread, I can see most of my experiences in the posts.
My daughter is now 22. Her first psychotic break came when she was about 15 or so, just into her freshman year of high school. At first, it was hard to see it as anything other than a teenage rebellion. Unfortunately, things rapidly got much worse than just rebellion.
I won't go into all the details because most of that has already been described here..the stealing, the lying, etc etc., add in 2 suicide attempts which hospitalized her, but since she was over 18, she walked away, unmedicated again.
I have basically estranged myself from her, not a proud thing to admit, but when it came down to the safety and sanity of me and my other daughter, the choice was clear.
I found out about 2 months ago that she is pregnant by a man who already has children by other girls and who is also abusive. I have encouraged her to seriously consider adoption. The way it stands now, she has every intention of keeping this baby and raising it, supposedly with him, although he has kicked her out twice already and my guess is that she will not only give birth alone, he will be MIA permanently after the baby is born.
She is on the verge of homelessness, am pretty sure is not getting the prenatal attention she needs, and does not take care of herself. Prayer is my life support right now.
Thanks for listening.