Thank you Serafena and Rocketman! That is some of the insight I was looking for!
Serafena, if I understand you correctly (knowing that you are not a doctor and that everyone is different), is it safe to assume that if there is no change made to his medication, his manic state will likely worsen or, at best, stay the same, but will not go away?
If that is what is to be expected, then it would be impossible for us to live under the same roof until something changes. Even if I channeled Mother Theresa and mustered up every single ounce of compassion I could, I can't take the verbal lashings any more. The kids cannot witness/be subjected to his behaviors any longer either.
If he continues his "I am fine" routine to the new psychiatrist, and the psych doesn't see through it, I don't know what will happen. And since we are separated right now, I seriously doubt he will allow me to participate in his treatment. But, it won't hurt to ask........
As far as the outcome I am hoping for.........of course I want it ALL!!
I want him stabilized and back in our life (mine and the kids). I know that may lead to more of the same later on, but I do love him and with the proper tools (the right meds, counseling, support groups, knowledge) I think we could keep it together. We have been married for 13 years!!! That is a huge investment to just let go.
It's a lot to consider.........One step at a time! I am anxious to see what Tuesday brings.