It is especially challenging when a partner has bipolar disorder.
Even the best and most solid relationships can often be difficult.
Since I wasn’t RAD, the DSM didn’t recognize my illness, so I got no treatment until I collapsed after age 50. “Attachment problems extending beyond RAD, are a real and appropriate concern for professionals,” concludes the 2006 Report on Attachment Therapy by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) which convened to study this problem.
I remember playing video games, I remember playing on the lawn, I remember how he screamed when he broke his arm, I remember how thrilled he was when he got a remote-controlled car for Christmas, and I remember the way he used to twirl his hair around his finger so it was always in knots. And now he is an abusive, destructive force that no one can stand to be around lest they get pulled into convincing delusions and psychoses or have to fear his violent rage.
Being in the same room with him is like being hit repeatedly with a hard, blunt abject.
Pretty much weekly I get messages from people who are desperate to help a loved one with a mental illness. She has been living with bipolar disorder for 18 years and has written more than 1000 articles on the subject.
I hear versions of this story over and over, my child/parent/sibling/friend/spouse is sick and won’t get help for their mental illness. And sometimes you have to accept not everyone with a mental illness will get help. I don’t know whether he’ll even live to tell the tale. I don’t just willy-nilly tell people to distance themselves from intractable crazy for no reason, I tell them this because they need to be told. Find more of Natasha’s work in her new book: Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar.
If you have not seen the movie The Notebook, the love story of Noah and Allie, I encourage you to watch it.
In the Notebook Allie has dementia and Noah spends his time reading her their love story.Their behavior is destroying our family/relationship. Like many of us I’m related to a lot of mentally ill people. Stop arranging the desk chairs and get on a damn lifeboat. There are at least a couple of bipolars and likely a schizophrenic or two hiding in the wings. People who won’t get treatment and continue to hurt you are the Titanic. Every so often Allie will come back to him and remember everything about their life, for that small moment in time Noah has the love of his life back.Noah cherishes the moment even if it’s just a few minutes.I didn't even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.' Despite her struggles, the California native has continued to work in the entertainment industry, notably voicing Angela in Family Guy, and for penning bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge.