My new husband is very supportive of the situaton. Our son is 26 he functions at 8-14 due to autism as well as bipolar. My mother has bipolar and we all feel the same way about her. They took her to our nearest hospital. One day, it finally sunk in that she was the way she was because she was ill -- not because she had become a bad person, not because we had somehow failed to raise her right. If you feel that it's dying that may mean that you are just at your wit's end and you need to find some more support, some more hope, a reason to believe that things can get better. I think I need to explain myself to anyone who asks. I just want her to be diagnosed.. Only has an uncle left, no welcome there. I think I'm angry too. - If possible, negotiate with your loved one when he/she is well so that it is understood if X happens, you will step in and take Y action. i have a rommate that has bipolar and sizo. Of course her drinking means that she ends up in the company of some pretty awful people. As I am reading all of the above posts my heart sinks. He takes his meds. Reading the previous posts has helped me wrap my head around her diagnosis & is helping me gain a clearer picture of what we (my daughter, her little sister [who is 20], I, & the people we're close to), are dealing with & what may be in our future. Not taking her meds. or i would ask him to leave the house... but im afraid asking him to leave isnt a good option.. as he might be dangerous to other people. Then I calmed down. We put him out for 4 months and then let him back in when he promised to go back to the doctor. She had some issues as a houng child and was age 14.with adhd and bi bolar disorder. It makes me question if he has taken some new classes that has changed his approach. But throwing a mentally ill loved one out into a world that hates them to fend for themselves is heartless, not "tough love".Try to get guardianship. I don't like tough love practiced on me, I think it's a waste of time when a person needs to be loved and they're being yelled at instead or paddled or whatever else tough love bri Does Tough Love Work? Now more than ever he is very violent towards everyone specially me and his ex girlfriend which they have two beautiful daughters. If they will accept your support that can make a tremendous difference; if they won't accept it, your insight into their daily lives might still offer you the opportunity to give it or the opportunity to recognize when they will be open to accepting it. After going thru yet another abusive episode with my bipolar husband (who refuses to accept his diagnosis, meds or anything else that might help) in Aug 13, I kicked him out with an ultimatum - get help or move on. So, I had no choice but to remove her from our home for the stability of my other children. Especially as his bipolar condition makes him make such crazy impulsive decisions. Seeing her work so hard is encouraging...& of course it just makes us around her want to work that much harder for her. here. I constantly try and put myself in my 17 year old daughter's shoes..I know she didn't ask for the cards dealt to her and I watch her hurt daily with the life she has..and the life she wishes she had. If psychiatric intervention isn't available or plausible, a restraining order, conservatorship, calling the police needs to be implemented. Really you want your son to die .I Have a son and a daughter that have problems and now my son has a girlfriend with problems, Love and understanding and support is what they need, do you have no heart, So what if all is destroyed its material stuff ,you think you take it with you when you die, Do you want to make them feel even more unloved and useless .The girl her family abandoned her, I have a nervous condition and yes sometimes I asked them to leave when things get out of control and think of what has happened, but not without hugs love and hoping the best for them ,and after they gone for a bit they call and apologize for the uptenth time ,to seek forgiveness no one is perfect they are humans.I came on here to read and get informed,I have dealt with this for over 30 years and yes I do get stressed, People with bipolar need extra hugs compassion and love .why would anyone beat someone down to make them even feel more useless and bring their self esteem to the point where they will completely be broken, . She would do nothing all day. No good will come from suggesting that you do. Like other parents I have prayed, cries and loved on him. Now both her sister and I have anxiety disorders and ptsd. They struggle financially and he struggles with anxiety and stress when working. Recently, I was cruising along pretty well in life. Even then, without meds compliance, it may still break your heart. Dealing With A Bipolar Person - Loving Tough, HealthyPlace. Through texting, since he wouldn't come home to converse, I informed him that unless he was willing to explore how the drugs were working for him, and consider changing, he couldn't stay here. What should I do? By the way, he's totally stolen from me and other family members. When she is here she disrupts the entire household including my pets. At those times a family may be paralyzed into inaction, fearful that if they take action against a loved one who is out of control, he or she will retaliate. My 21year old son is very scary.when my mother moved away he became homeless. The household is close to being held hostage to the erratic and/or aggressive pronouncements of a family member who is out of control, firmly in denial, and may have lost a grip on reality.Tough love is a response to the non-response of a loved one to recognize the need for treatment and acceptance that they are ill, mentally ill. Everyday turns our lives upside down. Is Bright Light Exposure Good For Bipolar Disorder? He seemed contrite, too. This is my HELL on earth. Is it OK for me to step back and see how losing contact with her goes until she reaches out, if she ever does? I am struggling just to get up in the morning. 'Let see what the problem is'. I no longer feel safe. He will lose his job too since he works for my husband and he is requiring our son to get a substance abuse assessment, which he won't yet agree to do. Do not only turn the table upside down, but conquer stigma not “despite” … “Tough love” from family and friends for people who are struggling with addiction can be important in them seeking sobriety. He verbally abuses his sisters and I on a daily basis. Is there a legal way to get him to a doctor against his will. Just wanted to hand out cookies to strangers. I say this because she sits or lies on the couch and compares herself to me, saying, just like me, she is "at work". Plus, she leaves things where they don't belong no matter how often I tell her not to do this. They will lie and manipulate, they will steal and run away, they will take heart-pounding risks and betray. Our lives have been pretty miserable for the last 5 years since he got sick. I have read all the posts, and sincerely pray for all of you and your children and loved ones. We are at the end of our rope and don't know what else to do. - When our daughter first began to show symptoms of mania, we didn't understand. She has agreed to take her meds and Skype her therapist; but I am very nervous about the dynamics especially during the holidays with her younger siblings, family, and house guests. The fact of the matter is that no one else probably cares as much as you do if they live or die. WRONG! My son came home in Dec. at 27, jobless, in huge debt, HIV + and in psychosis. I could tell you my story but it is the same. Your living nightmare might be helped be someone who can educate and facilitate understanding between you and your husband. I am relieving what I went through with his dad. This is another area where a third party such as a counselor or therapist may be helpful.- Do be willing to learn from anyone who has experience with their illness -- other parents, people with the diagnosis, doctors, experts, laypersons. Find them assisted living......SOMETHING! He had previously (and rightly) been given the diagnosis of AS. And he is correct, I don't get it. There hasn't been any for her, her kids, or us. After all, I ended up in AA due to using alcohol & drugs trying to balance my own feelings and emotions for 25 years. I can use tough love but need to make sure I get custody of my grandson first. I with and supported a violent manipulative sister with bi polar for many years and I cant go through it again for a whole life time. I pray for him every day, multiple times a day as I usually get 2 - 3 emails daily that remind me of how ill he really is. Don't give in to the poor-me whine. I try to talk to others about it and they say stupid things like 'sounds like he is doing drugs', sounds like he's a spoiled brat', 'sounds like he ....', etc etc. In this regard, keeping a record of threats to your safety needs to be established to show a pattern of potential threat so legal authorities and the court can act. I make my living online--enabling me to pay her rent, buy food, pay mortgage, etc. We want our loved ones well already and it frustrates when there is an apparent stalling of movement forward. He agreed and did follow through for a short time, but rapidly digressed. We don't know if she'll come back. He would start home projects and never finished them. Voluntarily hospitalized in lock up ward for 10 nights, father presently dying of uncurable cancer, and patient now with no job, but good job prospects, unpaid child support for 13 year old, and engaged to an oxycontone, welfare mama who has mental issues. Bipolar By Chance blog is for those interested in mental illness, especially bipolar disorder. We can't fix them because there is nothing we can do. Today was a sad day, yet part of me feels good about standing up for myself. A drug addict because he's mentally ill or mentally ill because he's a drug addict? Medically Reviewed By: Dawn Brown Most people know that love can be very challenging at times. Prayers to all going through this. The older she gets the worse the situation is. She is a ticking time bomb that blows up on a regular basis. Of course I spoke with teachers etc to sort this out. These men that she finds only seem to make her life so much worse. I am lonely..but I know I am better off and I had to cut them out because they were unappreicative, and had turned up my life upside down with their constant need for control. Has anyone else had to push something while constantly being threatened with suicide? He can't hold down a job. I attend a monthly support group through NAMI and it does help. He is very intelligent but lacks motivation for anything, will not take advice on any level. I worry that he might do something to my parents or my mom or my sisters...Thats why i carry a knife in my pocket, for my well being and my familys well being.. He is becoming more and more like his dad and grandmother which now I think must have had BP too. Having twins with mental illness is sooooo saddddd....but I will continue to pray every day, for God to watch over my son, and keep him in his arms. While you think you may be helping, in fact, you will cause harm. I was called in to get her out of a classroom which she locked herself in. I'm you f#ckn b#tch Cu#t. Never was interested in sports, religion.... Too much for me either I kill myself or leave the US with my 401k and run away from everyone... Can't take it anymore. We don't know what to do. This is a very sad situation. He refuses to seek professional help, refuses to consider that he needs stabilizing medication, refuses to listen to us...we are the enemy. I feel it's my resposiblity,but my husband wants to retire and move south,I would like to bring her with me but my husband doesn't feel the same way. I was up all night crying from sadness and relief, and fright. This was ridiculous!!! Stealing and selling our other son's Christmas present then blaming/threatening me was the last straw. It feels like my own sanity is going out the window every day. Without your presence, they are doomed to fail in nearly all cases.But honestly, the rest of the world will "understand" and forgive you for doing it to a mentally ill person. After that, he began to work with me. It is anguish for the family member seeking to regain boundaries.Does it work? He smashes things,makes terrible decisions,get a involved with women more mentally ill than himself which has resulted in several hospital trips and police incidents. He cant hold a job more than a few months then just doesn't show up. I kicked my 22 yr old son out 3 weeks ago. I just want him to get a job and stop smoking because I believe it makes the swings more pronounced. Next step is the PFA. What to do.. was told I should probate this person, can't....ECT's???? I've been trying...I am there for her, I love her unconditionally, have told her this.I have great relationships with my other 2 kids. He talks about killing himself because he hates being how he is . We do help him out financially as they need it. Gets late to work, constantly buys fast food. My bipolar daughter has had over 25 phones which she ends up loosing or they end up being stolen. Does anyone have anything that would give me answers to help him? takes a shower maybe once a week never shaves buys video games all the time. Yesterday, during a calm period, and after she'd prepared to go out exercising, I told her I didn't mind her staying over as long as she got up in the morning and did something--this is true. 43 year old son, diagnosed bipolar at 28, but most likely manisfesting the disease at 22...lived in divorced home with father who worked, and left unsupervised from age 13. The beautiful images for these mental health quotes provide an emotional backdrop…, Self-confidence quotes help you when your self-esteem and confidence is lagging. Alcohol addiction is a terrible thing. She refuses and continues on in her chaotic life that we must clean up. Bipolar I doesn’t have to define you. She can't stay with me or my parents because the abuse is killing us and her father will not even talk to her. An hour later we saw her come out of her room and race to the front door. All he does is suck everyone dry of money and energy. So, what I lived with my husband, I am also living with my son. My husband is just glad he's gone...another story. No matter how much you think you know about what your loved one is going through, you don't, you can't - and you never will. I don't trust anyone. I guess that was gods tough love. Please know that I am praying for you and other families in the same situation. My 35 year old daughter is bypolar..she is scary...angry..I have been taking care of her for years...picking her up..picking up pieces after bad decisions...enduring her horrible angry outbursts ect. I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. I recommend anyone dealing with loved ones with mental illness and/or addictions educate yourself about having good boundaries and how to enforce them firmly, with compassion. Try real love instead. Act now. I got my own apartment!! When she drinks, that is all she does. Sorry you are going thru this... My daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II. It has taken acceptance of the fact I have a serious mental illness, aggressively educating myself about what is known regarding bipolar disorder, total commitment to not letting the disease define me, and absolute self discipline regarding caring for myself. I receive ssi in the sum of $723 a month and I live in subsidized housing and pay all my utilities. seo training in hyderabad, I am from Australia and we have a very good health care system over all however I have not been able to get my 17 year old aon to see a counselor. i still cant say much but God know that i am so happy I know I can’t make her stop all this, I have tried. So I see he may be trying to get my past this but he is making it worse. she to violent and paranoid. My son was 12 years old. They ain't paying attention to him being off his meds and that this is an act of someone having an episode when off there meds. He has had a team working with him for 2 years that have been by his side literally daily! I'm dying inside. So it goes around and around repeating itself only getting worse most of the time. She has burnt every bridge that she ever had and now she has nothing. I finally several months ago after having to hit rock bottom mentally and doing the TOUGH !OVE thimg. Depression can make life so gray that you aren’t sure where the sunshine is hiding or if it will return.…, Every woman on earth has fantasized about some explicit sexual fantasy that she may or may not have been too ashamed to talk about. He's done this to previous girlfriends too and he gets so drunk he passes out unconscious on the living room floor in his own vomit. Myself and my wife arrived at a point to where we put our 20 year old on a bus back to some family in another state. Once your loved one is in better space, they may permit you to accompany them to these appointments. do not be held hostage by your childs disease. 2021 HealthyPlace Inc. All Rights Reserved. Part 1I have bipolar disorder. Only her sister is more stern with her about chores than I was. The primary tool they use to deal with life and its challenges is BROKEN! We never forget ever, but we can go on, it is possible. So when you say you think about when and if he dies, we've all had that thought. 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