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   Posted 5/10/2017 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, my user name is the right path. My husband has bipolar and he is in his manic episode now. I am glad I found this forum. It is a great please to learn about bipolar and to pass and share our own experience. Thank you for adding me.

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   Posted 5/10/2017 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi The right path,

Welcome to the forum smile

I am happy that you joined us. I am UA.
How are you doing? Caring for someone with Bipolar can be tough at times. Please remember to take care of yourself too.

I hope to learn more about you.

UA
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Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.

The right path
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   Posted 5/10/2017 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.
I have a very unusual situation, I am not sure if you ever had it on you forum. My husband is not only bipolar, but he happens to be a psychiatrist too. He is still in denial. Have you ever had a case like this before?

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   Posted 5/10/2017 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never read about a situation like this. But I think it is possible. It is interesting.

Sharing this article I found online about a psychiatrist who is also Bipolar:
www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/08/09/psychiatrist-learns-mental-illness/13822643/

Have you let him know that you suspect that he is Bipolar? Have you husband visited another psychiatrist for a diagnosis?

UA
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Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.

The right path
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   Posted 5/10/2017 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for sharing the article. I hope more psychiatrists will come out and talk about their experiences and struggles to overcome the stigma of mental health disorder.

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 5/10/2017 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
mental illness does not discriminate. it cares not about finances, profession, etc. he should seek a consult. a lot of professionals live with mental illness, and successfully, however he may be his own worst enemy! yep, de-stigmatise it. i have burnt out a few shrinks in my time, and i know that they carry heavy workloads. advise him of his own self compassion is needed. welcome, we care.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 5/11/2017 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
It's good that you reached out for help.

I'm bipolar myself, and can get manic from responding to some of the problems that I read on this website.

It would be hard for me to imagine me trying to deal with real people who are having problems as a psychiatrist.

That could be a roller coaster ride.

My successes would probably send me into mania, and two or three in a row, might be more than I could take.

Of course, in a manic stage, I wouldn't (and couldn't) want to slow things down. With no Lithium to hold me down, I could very well go over the top if the successes just kept happening.

What happens when he gets at or near the top? He might end up in the hospital of he doesn't get any help, which could slow down or stop his practice.

A defeat or two could throw me into depression, and another defeat or two could be worse than that. What happens when he gets way down low?

It's good that you are helping him, for it's difficult to be both the patient and the caregiver.

As the patient you could be too sick to take care of yourself. Sickness makes us weaker, makes it more difficult to come up with solutions, very tough to make decisions.

With a well person handling those chores, things can be much easier, which the sick person should be thankful for but because of the illness, may not recognize that.

Does he see his up and down pattern at all?

I just looked up on the net:

>Psychiatrists who have bipolar<

and it looked like there were going to 3 or 4 or more sites that were going to discuss that.

I would suggest looking at some of those sites to see if you come up with anything.

I think it's good that you are trying to help him and are reaching out.

Please let us know of your progress or setbacks.

The right path
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   Posted 5/16/2017 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Tim Tam for your respond
He is in denial, I am pretty sure he is aware of his condition, but he refuses to admits, he makes all kind of excuse to justifies his action. "Too much stress at work", I am just having fun", I didn't do anything wrong", and the list goes on. He is very stubborn with an inflated ego. I have a mental health background and he he refuses to acknowledge that I know what I am talking about. He started coming down from a eight month hell on earth mania. He lost his job and every penny he has. We are going to start all over again. The sad part, he is a very good psychiatrist, yet ironically he can't help himself or let his loved one help him. I am truly dreading the next phase.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 5/16/2017 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You say:

"he makes all kind of excuse to justifies his action. "Too much stress at work", I am just having fun", I didn't do anything wrong", and the list goes on"

Of course, his manic fun is his reward for having been down in depression for so long.

For someone to have the gall to even suggest that he get off the carrousel just when he is starting to have fun is nothing but a spoil sport who is jealous of his successes. He is unreachable as you know.

You say, "He is very stubborn with an inflated ego."

I have the same situation, huge ego. Combine that with mania, a string of successes, no medicine, and you feel like you're actually flying. And anyone who tries to stop you is just jealous.

When I went on Lithium, I didn't loose any enjoyment. It's just that my victories were tapered just a little bit, just enough to keep me on the ground, which is what I wanted.

I probably got on Lithium, by first being treated for depression. I could understand being treated for depression, it was not a possible lowering of joy. It was an increase in joy with an anti-depressant. I liked that, because my depression was so crushing, I knew I had to get out of that.

Then my psychiatrist recommended Lithium. I balked a little bit, but with enough trouble, I guess, I got on it. That was probably 25 years ago, and I've been on it every day since.

I wouldn't even think of stopping it. Read some of those stories on the net, maybe he should go to another psychiatrist. "A psychiatrist who treats himself, has a fool for a patient," I guess.

Maybe when he's depressed he's more likely to see someone for help. Huge ego, mania, successes: big problem.

One thing that has helped me is:

"One problem at a time, and be positive about that problem."

I didn't know it, but I use to be negative. If you can do short and long term positive, it might improve your chances. And be positive about yourself, no matter what happens with the other.
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