Name: Matt or (Mattthecat )[br>[br>Hometown: Born in the Detroit MI area did not stay there for long been all over the mid west and east coast some to but landed in the Dallas Fort worth Metroplex TX for the last ten years.[br>[br>How long you've been bipolar: N/A I do not have bipolar disorder but I am married to J and grew up around multiple people who have mental Illness and or bipolar disorder I.E Family. I am a supporter and try to give advice to family of those who have Bipolar.[br>[br>Best advice: hold on tight to any one who truly understands you and stands by your side even though you have bipolar. IF you do not have some one like that do not give in until you find a friend or love one who will.
MY one wish is that all of you find the balance all you so deserve.
Welcome to the board Mommyluvsu. It sounds like you have it rough. If your daughter has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder then you now have a child with a serious Illness to take care of and you may have to go in to serious illness mode. No different then cancer, diabetes or some other serious treatable illness. Children who have a major illness do not always want to cooperate with complex treatment and will take out there frustration were ever it is easiest to do so and you are the easy target. There may be lots of help out there to be had if you need it. You may want to get on line or go to the library and do some research on all of your options. You may want to see if a group called NAMI http://www.nami.org has a chapter in your area. NAMI is Grass root organisation set up to inform and assist those who have mental illness and there family with the mental illness. I have never been in a family with a child who has a serious illness but I have known some people who had a child with serious illness those parents circled the wagons got the grand parent uncles, aunts and friends to help with there other children allowing mom and or dad to put extra attention on the sick child. Freeing up time to take the child to see any doctors, specialist and or councilors that would be needed. Again sorry to see that you and your family are having a rough time. I wish I could give you more and better advice but i am just a supporter with no medical training my self. My wife has Bipolar disorder and she has lashed out at me when her bipolar is out of whack and she has troubles with the limitations bipolar can put on her. So i know what you are going through. So take my advice with a grain of salt. I wish you luck and better times soon.
The root cause extra happy chemicals in the brain can only be treated with medicine distributed by medical professionals like a psychiatrist or MD . But there are ways to cope with the symptoms and from what i have heard they very greatly from person to person because each person seems use there manic energy in there own way. Getting a good professional counselor seem to be the easiest way to figure what simple coping mechanisms work for each person. For example some people get angry really easy when they are manic and a councilor could go through anger management course with the person to give them the simple tricks your talking about. So to sum it up you seeking help for bipolar disorder especially mania mean getting medical help. By the way you may want to respond to my response with what your symptoms of mania are and the others on this board may be able to tell you what they do to cope those same symptoms. Mania symptoms do seem to very greatly.
Slik_kitty I feel the same way about the mind dealing with day concerning the dreams. In the past when I have been dealing with a tough problem and it is starting to stress me out some times my dreams will point me in the right direction. On more than one occasion the fictional character Spock from Star Trek will counsel me on my problems. For any one who knows start trek you will probably laugh when I say he tells me to do the logical thing and try control my emotions. So thanks Slik_kitty I like your response.
My wife and I have been talking about dreams as of late and we both seem to have very different dream life's when we sleep. My wife thinks that my dreams that include cartoon characters Like scooby doo or science fiction characters like captain kirk or spock are very unusual. So I am curious am i the only one who remembers dreams from time to time and does any one else dream of fictional characters or some thing from the movies or TV? If not what do you dream of? As for me lately I have been dreaming of group counselling sessions with Albert Eisenstein as the therapist and gilligan, Eric Estrada, William Shatner, Gary Coleman and my self as the group. although the group and councilor can very in the four nights I had this dream. So what do all of you think? Are dreams one of those taboo topics that no one should speak about or is it ok to dream about Scooby Doo and Shaggy to. Any help would be appreciated.
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Welcome to the board fourspook. Let me start by saying I am very sorry to hear what has happened to your husband. Getting your husband help at this point sounds like it would be very complicated and I have no useful advice to give you since I do not have any training in law. But I know of a group called Nami ( http://www.nami.org ) they are a grass root organisation that helps those with mental Illness and the family of those with mental Illness in a way that resembles ALONON most of NAMIs chapters have educational classes and group meetings for family and those with mental illness. So to sum it up there may be some people at NAMI that could give you and your in laws advice and support that will help all of you through this very trying time. I hope my response helps.
LoddyA this is a glitch/double post. In the other duplicate post bretsky12 made it clear his wife is in full denial and is not currently interested in help. It is very unfortunate but in a lot of cases when some one with bipolar can not be convinced they need help or does not want help it becomes very hard to force help on them. Not impossible but very hard. I am with you I hope bretsky12 finds a way to get his wife the help she needs and deserves. I bumped the duplicate post to the top in case you missed it.