Mädchen Amick is speaking out about her son Sly Alexis’s battle with Bipolar 1 disorder and the efforts she’s undertaken to make advances in mental health together with her nonprofit Don’t Mind Me Foundation.
The 52-year-old actress, who’s mother to son Sly, 30, and daughter Mina Tobias, 29, with husband David Alexis, 60, chat with People Wednesday about how her eldest child got here to be diagnosed.
‘He was a standard kid and got along great with teachers and coaches,’ the Sparks, Nevada said of her son, who she said got good grades and ran track and field before he went to attend college at UC Irvine in Irvine, California.
The newest: Mädchen Amick, 52, is speaking out about her son Sly Alexis’s battle with Bipolar 1 disorder and the efforts she’s undertaken to make advances in mental health together with her nonprofit Don’t Mind Me Foundation. She was pictured in LA in 2020
Sly’s behavior shifted when he witnessed a schoolmate’s death when he was a freshman, as he began using drugs and alcohol and his personality shifted.
The Riverdale actress said of her son: ‘There was plenty of delusional considering.
‘There was plenty of discuss things that just didn’t make sense, and likewise, he would admit things prefer it gave the look of the phone was listening to him and the TV was watching him and really paranoid thoughts and feelings. Then just waves into mania, which might give him this larger-than-life personality.’
The Twin Peaks actress mentioned one other incident in November of 2011 when Sly’s college roommates called the family to inform them they were fearful after he had left his residence without his phone or wallet.
The Twin Peaks actress and her son were pictured together last July for his thirtieth birthday
Amick shared an image of her children Sly, 30 and Mina Tobias, 29, on Christmas
Sly’s behavior shifted when he witnessed a schoolmate’s death when he was a freshman, as he began using drugs and alcohol and his personality shifted, his mother said
‘Abruptly, the world just got pulled out from underneath him,’ Amick said. ‘We got together as a family and we drove down from Los Angeles to the streets of Irvine to simply try to seek out him. It took hours, but we finally did.
‘He was just walking down the road just really, really out of it.’
She said after their daughter Mina told her she felt something was ‘really improper’ with Sly, the family took him to a medical facility for examination.
‘I attempted to clarify to the emergency staff what was happening, they usually just form of checked out him like one other kid doing drugs,’ Amick said. ‘But they took him in overnight they usually mainly said, “He just looks like he’s got an addiction issue. You are going to should tackle that as a family.” They discharged him a number of hours later, and we took him home.’
Amick said that the nonprofit she and her son are working on is geared toward helping individuals who cannot afford treatment receive proper guidance in navigating the mental health care system
The Riverdale and Twin Peaks actress was snapped at an event in NYC in 2019
After months out and in of several medical facilities and treatment facilities, Sly was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 at a psychiatric hospital.
‘That is once they said, “This will not be an addiction issue, this can be a mental health issue,”‘ Amick said. ‘As scary as that was, it actually became a relief because now it had a reputation and there was some pathway to attempt to determine what to do about it.’
Sly’s father Alexis added, ‘There have been several times it felt like he would not make it and we were called to the hospital’ in alcohol poisoning incidents ‘to mainly say goodbye, but he all the time fought to live and pulled through.’
Amick said that her son was in a position to adapt to a plan of therapy and medicine in 2012, and was in a position to manage issues once they cropped up in spring 2021.
He has been sober for greater than a 12 months and is working in the sphere as a behavioral health technician, with goals of becoming a case manager.
‘I’m on the opposite side of things now,’ Sly told People. ‘I was once the patient and now I’m the caretaker. If I’m sober, I’m in a position to stay out of any form of instability.’
Amick said that the nonprofit she and her son are working on is geared toward helping individuals who cannot afford treatment receive proper guidance in navigating the mental health care system.
‘As a foundation, we’re starting our first scholarship program,’ Amick said. ‘We’re super proud to have the option to support a treatment center that truly finally worked 10 years later.’