Hi: I have been posting on the depression forum, but I have questions about bipolar. I've been married for 24 years and have 3 children. Throughout the 24 years our marriage has been very rocky. What I mean by that is my husband is very verbally abusive he also at times has been physically abusive with me. Not so much now physical because I had a restraining order against him and had him thrown out of the house years ago. I guess he learned what he can and cannot do to me. Although the last time he hit me was back in August and left a nice size bruise on my arm.
He seems to cycle between hi's and low's every 2 weeks, sometimes a little longer. At the drop of a pin he can go off. Sometimes I don't have to say anything to cause it. Ever since friday when my husband could not video tape our daughters christmas program he went into a manic state. He called our 19 year old daughter and told her that he loves her but don't enjoy her and does not enjoy talking to her. He also told her that he's been wanting out of this marriage for a long time now and so on.
I have tried to bear with him because I know something is not right with him. He refuses to seek any kind of professional help. He says he's normal. What in the world can I do to help him.? I love him very much but do not like what he dos to me and the kids.
Just this morning at 2:00 am He came downstairs and woke me up as I slept on the sofa and said let's make things right. He always does this to me. I told him that I wanted him to go for help and he said that if that's what I thought of him that he could be bipolar then we have nothing. Maybe I'm stupid or something so I agreed not to bring the issue up again. I just can't stand it, I know something is not right and he is in utter denial.
I'm so sorry that I have kind of written a novel I did not mean to. I recently went to my family doctor and they put me on Cymbalta which did not agree with me at all and she has now changed my med over to Lexapro.
Is there any advice you can give me on how to handle, deal with, and cope with what has been going on? Thank you in advanced.