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|Tue, 06-01-2010 - 8:07pm|
I also posted this on the Families w/ Mental Illness board
It would be pointless to try and summarize the years of dysfunction in my family from childhood until today - as that's what it is - years. Briefly - my mother is bipolar. She was diagnosed about 6 years ago and is on meds yet still has a hard time. She can't work and I believe she's also anorexic and she also can't handle large crowds of people. She also just got out of an outpatient crisis center a couple of weeks ago. Her 2nd husband was abusive to us all - to my brother and her verbally and emotionally and to me sexually. My brother is 6 years younger than I. I married at 16 and escaped the situation. A couple of years later she finally divorced him. I suspect soon thereafter is when she started having her bipolar episodes.
Fast forward a couple of years ago. My mom calls me every so often to tell me my brother is having manic episodes. This usually happens after he has come to her house with his relationship problems and he cries to her about it. There have also been times where she has told some pretty strange things that he's said. I have asked him afterwards about these things and he tells me one thing that leads to that my mom has just exaggerated everything. Yes, he gets upset about things - we all do, but just because you are upset and crying and you may even be depressed about how things are going doesn't mean you're bipolar. The problem is is that I'm 1 1/2 hours away so I'm not there to see what really happens or what he really is like.
Fast forward to Sunday. My mom calls and is saying things are really bad with my brother. This is everything she told me that he said -- She's saying that he came over to her place and was very upset crying uncontrollably. He says that bad things are always happening to him and it's not fair because he's a good person. He says that people have been following him and they've also tapped his phone. He says he's been going home from work by different routes so as not to be followed. He says he's prepared for someone if the attack him and will stab them in the leg with his key. He said he thinks it is this girls ex-fiance who found out they were hanging out together