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Keeping it Real
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/8/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
 k guys sorry I think all of my posts are going to be a bit long for awhile...just going through a lot and am in need of some support... smhair
Its my dad this time..ugh. He has never really accepted what I am. i showed signs at the age of 4. He denied and blamed it on my mom until recently. I lived with him for awhile. He took me off all meds cold turkey and then beat me when I had an episode. I "tried" twice when I was living with him. That year (8th grade) I was FINALLY fully diagnosed as bipoar with social anxiety.
again DENIAL DENIAL DENIAL....!!!!!!!!!!!
i didnt speak to him for a year after that...
but stupidly, even though he never apologized, I let it go. But then it seemed like he was trying. and I got so excited but since then its been let down after let down.
this weekend blew up starting with an earlier weekend spent in vegas. I was alreadly there with my mom and sis. It was for a big volleyball tourn. he shows up on sat and we spend 4 hours hanging out in vegas...and then he drops me off at the hotel and goes somewhere on his own...BUT he promised me, "we will go out tomorrow night for your last night in vegas." YAYAY I was so excited.
then tomorrow comes. My sisters last game of the day is almost over. I'm video taping and he says he's leaving and tells me goodbye..."WHA???" I was like ummm ok? you know we were supposed to go out tonight.
he says "well I just met these people and they invited me to dinner and I want to get to know them...
uhhhh? first of all these were parents of the girls on out team. thay were supposed to be my moms friends (but thats another story)
so yeah he ditches me and goes out with my moms "friends"
my moms upset and I'm not going to bother her..
so yeah I spent my last night in vegas in my hotel room ...and if you're thinking "why didnt you go out by yourself" take a note of the "social anxiety" further up ^
so back to this weekend...
Its another one of my sisters v-ball tournaments..dum dum dum.... nono
My dad promised to watch her play on sat. her last game was at 3. he didnt show up until 8 and never called. nope not once.
you know what? do it to me fine...but not my sister..mmmm..I'm getting mad again. "DEEP BREATHS" lol
I was already mad at him before that...one for the vegas thing and the second one for the letter he wrote my mom saying that he shouldnt have to pay 1/2 my med bills because he bought me clothes...mmmmhhhmm yeah thats what he said
so he comes over and wants to talk. I blow..and start yelling in the front yard about all of this. he said he didnt do anything wrong in vegas..supposedly he spent the weekend with me...yeah a whole full 4 hours..
same thing went for the letter.
I was saying stuff like: dad dont you want to help me? why are you always lying? Why do I let you do this to me....it was all "why's and pleas" and he bulled his way through all of those...and here comes the worst ...at least for me
as I have said before I have social anxiety. it kills me everyday...its always a struggle. I rebeled against the bp and sa thing for two years. I didnt go anywhere and I didnt do anything. I just stayed home and only went to places where I had to be.
so 2 weeks ago I GOT A JOB!!  I love it. I look forward to it everyday and love every part of it. It makes me really happy. and that its been a long time since something has done that to me.
I work at a daycare that kids with behavioral problems and bad home lifes go to. god..those kids are amazing... tongue turn smilewinkgrin yeah lol
So he knows that and still tells me i need to do something for myself. He was never happy for me. after those two years of him calling me 2 times a week hounding me to get out there and get a job. he cant be happy because it isnt the job he wanted for me , well dad if you really wanted me to get another kind of job why didnt you help me like you said you would? and it doesnt pay much...who cares at least I am out of the house and its my first job..come on! and how can someone put down a job that helps kids like that??
and he just kept breaking me down with a bunch of other stuff.
these kind of blows he gives to me happen more than 2x a year. today i've been crying, not wanting to get out of bed, taking it out on other people, I'm very touchy and nervous.
do these symptoms sound familiar to you??
I'll give you a hint....B-I-P-O-L-A-R
Do I really need some other source that causes me to act like that? dont I get enough of that?
a couple of years ago one of my counslers told me that I needed to cut him out of my life..that i would always struggle if I didnt.
I'm starting to listen...but is it too late...because now what makes it even harder is I have a 3 yr old half sister. who i love...
I dont know how selfish I should be....

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Keeping it Real,

I am sorry your father is giving you hell. It is one of the sad facts of life that not all families are perfect. I come from a very dysfunctional family and I have major issues with my parents. Isn't there some way you can keep in touch with your half sister while keeping your relationship with your father to a minimum? I hope things work out for you; I know it is hard with a dysfunctional family.


Keeping it Real
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/8/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
man sheeba I dont know...
how do you keep intouch with a 3yr. without going through the parent?
My mom thinks I should just stepback awhile, get my self together and if I still feel its right than just sloooowly push away. nothing drastic...just nice and calm and just coast it through.
do you think thats a good idea?
it still doesnt answer the sister thing..but should I be thinking more for my self right now?
i dont know...

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   Posted 3/8/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Take your medication like you are supposed to & stop listening to your Dad or cut him out of your lufe.He just keeps things stirred up which I think he likes doing to keep you upset...........It's past time to take care of yourself wehther the family likes it or not!!!!

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   Posted 3/9/2009 2:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds to me like your dad has more... if not just as many… psychological problems, as all of us here on the board do lol. Once you see that… and really believe it…you will not be affected by what he says or thinks of you. You also will see that you do not need help or approval from him as much as you think you do…stay away from negative people it is not healthy. It took me 35 yrs to understand that about my Dad. I now realize that I will always love him but HEY I do not like him

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   Posted 3/9/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi KeepingitReal,

It's so hard. I have a very complicated and painful relationship with my parents as well. It is possible to have a distant relationship which involves a minimum of contact while still getting some time in with your 3-yr old sibling. But it means you have to start practicing letting his comments roll off of you, not expecting ANYTHING from him. I mean it. Don't get your hopes up. If he promises something, you think "yeah right," until it happens. Build up your ego when it comes to him. I know how hard to do this is. When it's your father, you're all the more vulnerable. But it's the only way you're going to keep yourself sane.

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Bipolar II

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