Bi-polar!?!?

Lissa - posted on 10/24/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Unfortunately my husband struggles with Bi-polar and now our son does too! I don't understand the reasons why they have so many ups and downs. But it gets so difficult to remain happy during one of their "moments". Any suggestions on what I can do... I know this affects our other children who don't have it.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/24/2015

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The "reasons" are that they have as chemical imbalance in their physiology. Medication has proven effective. Are they both seeing a physician for their condition?
Being the caregiver in a bipolar situation can be draining. What kind of support groups have you sought out?

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Raye - posted on 10/28/2015

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Maybe you need to get the family into counseling for everyone to understand the needs of each other and learn how to cope with the different dynamics.

Lissa - posted on 10/28/2015

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My husband yes he has been on medicine for 8+ years. My son has tried a few different medicines but it makes his aggressiveness 100% worse. It sucks because my other children and I are so happy and go with the flow and lately we have to hide that part of us or they both come Un glued. It's like laughter makes them mad or sad. I just hate how this affects us.

Raye - posted on 10/26/2015

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Them having bi-polar may be a reason for their outbursts, but is not an excuse that they should get away with treating others badly. My husband's ex has bi-polar, is off her meds, has low swings where she ignores the kids (at best) and has slapped her daughter in the face. When she's on the upswing, she's perky and chatty (but still not very attentive to the kids). The thing is, they can't see how their actions are affecting others, and they need it brought to their attention un an understanding way so they can be responsible for their actions. Meds can help, but it's usually a lot of trial-and-error to get the right dosage. And then the people have to want to keep taking them, which when they're feeling better, they don't understand why they need to take them and stop. Then much harder to get them back on it.

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