Hi, Voix. It sounds like your father and stepmother are really going WAY over the line. Why do they want your meds dosage cut? It's hard enough to do well on the dosage one is on, let alone on a smaller dosage. Geeeeez. And there is indeed confidentiality between you and your doctor; make sure to emphasize to your doctor that you do NOT want anything you say to him/her revealed to anyone else. Sign a new confidentiality agreement, if need be.
Maybe your stepmother thinks she's being positive. Maybe what she THINKS she's saying is, "You're doing so well that I think you could easily get by on less medication." But then again, we'd just be second-guessing to try to figure out what she's thinking. She has no idea of what you're going through. Even the best-informed person has difficulty comprehending BP, and she doesn't sound very well informed. My sympathies to you.
Are there any regular chats for this group? I think Tortoise has a good idea about
chatting here. Maybe we could get together and talk.
And I think Tortoise has another excellent idea: Call a helpline. I don't know what size city/town you live in, but many places do have helplines. My town does. Give that a try. The people on the helpline are well trained and often can be extremely helpful. You don't have to go through this suffering alone.
Hugs to you,
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Lexapro, 5 mg; Mirapex, 2.5 mg; Topamax, 50 mg