New Member with Bipolar Husband

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Date Joined Apr 2017
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   Posted 4/23/2017 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I am a newbie.
Married 19 years to a wonderful man whom was diagnosed 4 years ago with bi-polar, depression severe with psychotic features. We have 3 beautiful girls and 1 grand-daughter.
The last 4 years has taken it's toll on our family.
My story isn't any different, it's just mine.
I miss my husband, my best friend.
He is in outpatient extensive treatment, on his meds, and struggling on a daily basis.
I cry alot.

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   Posted 4/23/2017 1:12 AM (GMT -7) receiving treatment. and in treatment. this tells me a lot. it is a manageable illness. keep strong, sending healing thoughts.

Tim Tam
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   Posted 4/23/2017 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Does sound like it is difficult.

I have bipolar and know how rough it can be.

I take Lithium, which lowers the mania and lessens the depression.

I also take Mirtazapine anti-depressant.

You said, he was "diagnosed 4 years ago with bi-polar, depression severe with psychotic features."

So, he was maybe 35 years old when he was first diagnosed?

Did he show any signs of emotional problems before that?

I probably had my first such outbreak at about 28. I had depression, which went untreated for 3-4 weeks, and from it being untreated, I had a nervous breakdown.

Were the children almost grown when all of this started, were some of them still living at home?

You said, "He is in outpatient extensive treatment, on his meds, and struggling on a daily basis."

Do you get to see him some of the time?

Did he have any ancestors who had emotional problems?

My mother's mother had bipolar, and they did not have medicine for it back then, and she was in turmoil. So we can at least be glad they have medicine for that now.

Do you have a positive feeling that you can get through this?

I have a saying that helps me, "One problem at a time, and be positive about that problem."

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   Posted 4/24/2017 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mybetterhalf,

Welcome too the Bipolar forum smile!

I gave your post a title.

Thank you for sharing with us. Both meds toegther with therapy can be effective in treating Bipolar. I hope the treatment is helping your hubby. I know sometimes it can take some time to work.

Please remember to take care of yourself too. It can be tough caring for someone who is Bipolar. Be sure to check out our resources where you can find some tips on coping:

Please know that we are here for you.

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