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Hi everyone - desperation has driven me to seek out the comfort of contemporaries. I am the spouse of a newly diagnosed BP male (about 1 year now). We have 2 small children. I have very few if any people that I can openly discuss these issues with who really UNDERSTAND what it is like to live like this. We both are in counseling and treatment (me for anxiety, him for BP) by "qualified professionals", including marriage therapy.

The manic part of his BP is now under control (and he's not an asshole anymore), however, he still/now has symptoms of deep depression. I have been harping on his doctor to try a new anti-depressant for WEEKS now (an initial round of Lexapro had too many side effects that didn't subside), and in the meantime, I'm about to lose my mind. I'm also starting to look into Interpersonal & Social Rhythm Therapy in the hope of forcing him into a routine - it's so hard to try to run the household and take care of the kids while he's living in his alternate reality (he "dropped out" and stopped working four years ago while I supported our family - I recently lost my job due to layoffs and haven't been able to find work).

Thanks so much for listening. I've felt so alone in this. I'm glad I found you guys.

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Hello Beacon,

Welcome. Hope you can find some comfort here. I think talking here to other contemporaries is just amazing to understanding ourselves. Other ppl really don't get it. Outside pros are great. Lots of luck.

DustyJr

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Thanks, you guys. I know my husband isn't doing this out of malice - I want to do everything reasonable to help his recovery. He deserves to be happy and enjoy life again. Dusty, you're SO right. So many people just don't get it. but you guys do.

P.S. - glad you had a good time in UT. Snowboarding at 55, eh? More power to you! BTW, do you think you were also tired from altitude? Then again 2 ft of snow will challenge anyone's body! I love Utah (Zion, Bryce, Moab, Arches, etc.).

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