My dad does not understand bipolar, thinks my mom is (get this) umm, full of sh!!! So to speak. He thinks she can change if she wanted to. I'm so over him treating her the way he does. Especially when he hits the brown bottle. Not cough syrup either. HELP! Knock some common sense into him. Or ??? Something to make him open his eyes. He is wasting so much precious and valuable time, life is too short as it is. They will be married 50 yes next year. I want them to enjoy themselves come august 16, 2016...
And I bet he wouldnt read any info you got for him about it either. People in general are ignorant about any form of mental illness. It scares them so they don't want to learn. I was once told by my ex that all that was wrong with me is that I am addicted to antidepressants. Note he's my ex. Is there someone he'd listen to, maybe a close friend or pastor? You probably don't know what you're talking about, in his mind. My dtr was having problems when she was in high school, and I was taking her to a psychiatrist. He told her I was the one that was crazy and she shouldn't take those meds. She was on a tiny dose of klonopin for anxiety.
Can you get him to go to the doctor with your Mom? Maybe if he heard it from the doctor he would realize that it is a real illness, not something made up and that she can't help some of the things she does.
I know that it is so frustrating when the other spouse doesn't want to understand or learn about an illness. My spouse realizes that I have a mental illness because the doctor told him and he believes the doctor, I have Bipolar II and PTSD, but unfortunately he treats it like it is my problem to deal with and doesn't want to learn about it. It would be so much better for us both if he did learn about it so that he can help me stay balanced.
Rather funny though as his solution to all the problems is the brown bottle as well which has lead me to believe that he is self medicating for his own problems, maybe depression. I wonder what problems your Dad is hiding using the brown bottle medicine?
I don't know if this has helped you at all but I have to say that it is wonderful that you are supporting your Mom.
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