Have a sister that is bipolar. Help in her care constantly. She has been hospitalized at leat 7 times so far this year. She is under care of a psychiatrist and an internist. Has medical problems that are separate and related to the side effects from lithium, etc. Also have a brother who is diagnosed schizophrenic and I think is more sociopathic. Do not have a relationship with him at all. We do not like each other. Mental illness seems to be at the root of a lot of the dysfunction in my birth family. Too late to remedy any of that. Yet, still deal with deep feelings of guilt, etc. centered around my mentally ill sister, etc. Are there any groups, etc. to help family members and or caretakers of bipolar patients, etc. ? Could be useful to talk to people who can relate. Very difficult to talk to my own family or anyonelse about
this. Have RA/Osteo, myself and the stress is really getting to me!
DX: RA/Osteo & Spinal Stenosis 5 years
Methotrexate/Prednisone/Plaquenil/Folic Acid/Nexium/Ultracet or Flexiril