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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    It's a mess again. I'm done again.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    I drove to town to get away from him and now I am driving back home to him. I feel like I am screwed no matter what I do.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse



    Is that because you feel you have nowhere else to go?

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    No. Now I think my best compromise is to get a job in Phoenix -- two hours away -- in a couple months once his back is better. And then I will be out of the house for 12 hours a day (8 for work and 4 for driving). And then I will have more of a life on my own already if I do decide to leave.

    But realistically, I still have my clothes in my SUV in case I decide to leave again today. I am very on edge because I don't see the hope for this relationship.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    It's no way to live, that's for sure.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    Sorry to hear that his behaviour keeps triggering you @Daniel.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    He sees his psychiatrist at the VA today. So I will be going with him since he has very little insight into the "collateral damage," which is mostly him yelling at me. My main complaint will be that -- from what I see -- they just push pills at him and seem to do nothing cognitively or behaviourly to increase his insight. At which point hopefully she will recommend therapy for him.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    I just asked my husband if the VA ever told him about a treatment plan or went over coping methods. "Never" is his answer.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    Wow.

    That's quite sad if true.

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    Re: How to Care for and Cope With a Bipolar Spouse

    So far, so good with the VA. My husband's relatively new psychiatrist called on Monday after we cancelled his appointment on Friday because of car trouble. She changed his antipsychotic for a different one since he is having more mania than depression. So he will be starting Zyprexa and has come off Latuda. (And if he gets unwanted side effects from Zyprexa, her next plan concerns Geodon.)

    When this coronavirus thing is over, she will be seeing the both of us in person. I like her already since she expressed a lot of concern about his yelling. (She even recommended I try cashew milk since it may taste better than other non-dairy milks.)

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