Welcome to HealingWell, this is Kitt.
Treatment of bipolar disorder involves medications known as "mood stabilizers." Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) is the most commonly prescribed mood stabilizer for people with bipolar disorder, but some anticonvulsant medications, including valproate (Depakote) or carbamazepine (Tegretol), also can have mood-stabilizing effects and may be used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
I can't even begin to imagine the position your wife has placed you in. It is great that you have come here for help. I just wanted to note however, that I have done a lot of reading from the other boards too in trying to get answers to my own questions about myself. You should also check out the BiPolar board. I have noticed that there is an even mixture of spouses of spouses with Bipolar and they often support and give each other advise to questions such as your own. Perhaps you could find even more answers there?
I will be thinking of you. Hang in there.
Post Edited (theronson) : 2/28/2009 9:30:34 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 3/11/2009 4:45:51 PM (GMT-6)
Anyone can give you advice and tell you to leave your wife or even a trial separation but in the end it is your decision. No one can tell you what to do.
This is where you need to look at the pros and cons and if you love this woman and are willing to continue to try to help her or leave.
I will say a prayer for you to help you in your decisions. Either way you are in a tough spot right now.
You're not alone, im in the 5th yr of being with a girlfreind that behaves identical to your wife. I can relate to everything
you describe, i'm sorry! In my case, shes medicated for yrs, self medicates with alcohol, we are not married and we live in our own seperate homes, (we tried living together years ago and it was impossible for both of us) I am a very understanding, loyal, accomodating boyfreind, I have tried everything to make this work and regardless she treats me like crap. For the first time, I have really had enough of this, i'm tired and going to have to accept this isnt going to ever work.