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    4 times the trouble
    smboc posted:
    I am 34 and have had Bipolar and severe anxiety since I was 14. Sometimes its hard sometimes not so much! Now I have a son whom at the age of 9 was diagnosed with bipolar. We have delt with it but over the past year things have gotten harder and harder like Im sinking and latley like I feel as though I might have a heart attack expecially along with the 2 other children I have. Then we find out why. My bipolar son whom is now 14 has also been diagnosed ADD which explains alot. Put it all together you have a double decker bipolar sandwich with a side of ADD and a whole lot of panic and anxiety. How will I ever survive this?
    slik_kitty responded:
    the best thing to do is take care of yourself so you can take care of them. are you in therapy? i ask not just because you are bipolar, but for help for you in dealing with your emotions about the situation around you. this would be hard enough on a person without bp, so you need to take special care with yourself so you can care for your kids. welcome to the board.
    smboc replied to slik_kitty's response:
    No I do not go to therapy because I feel like talking about my problems only causes me anxiety and more stress. I spend every waking moment trying to meet the needs of my kids expecially the one with BP. It just seems like sometimes they overwhelm me. I work a full time job. deal with my illness his illness, a spoiled 17 yr old boy and 10 yr old girl, a man who barely understands any of it and Im barely hanging on. I was doing so well at one point. Never thought Id get back to this point! I hate hate the person that this illness makes me become and i hate that i passed it along to my son. I work so hard to over compensate for everytime this illness has ever made me lash out at running me ragged. im a good person. Not at all the person i used to be. And for once Im truley scared of being drug back into that world!
    slik_kitty replied to smboc's response:
    check into dbt, dialectic behavioral therapy. it teaches how to cope and how to be in the moment. i credit it with turning me around. with all you have going on at home, i think learning how to cope is key. you can't be there for your family if you aren't at your best. learning how to cope will enable you to do that.

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