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

    Quote Originally Posted by Mari View Post
    What a difficult position to be in! Curious, why does he want a goat?
    He wanted a goat for the novelty factor and to eat the weeds. But I convinced him the goat would ruin our cars unless he paid to fence more of our property. So now he has no interest in a goat -- for now anyway.

    (A number of people in our area have goats, but goats are good at escaping and he doesn't even like goat milk/cheese.)

    And he reluctantly seemed to agree today that he won't get a big dog. But he has done that before. We actually got a big dog last year, but it kept trying to run away. So we gave it to a friend. And then he got a chihuahua instead.

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

    Intermittent explosive disorder - Wikipedia

    Intermittent explosive disorder (sometimes abbreviated as IED) is a behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand (e.g., impulsive screaming triggered by relatively inconsequential events). Impulsive aggression is not premeditated, and is defined by a disproportionate reaction to any provocation, real or perceived. Some individuals have reported affective changes prior to an outburst (e.g., tension, mood changes, energy changes, etc.).

    The disorder is currently categorized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) under the "Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders" category. The disorder itself is not easily characterized and often exhibits comorbidity with other mood disorders, particularly bipolar disorder...

    Bipolar disorder has been linked to increased agitation and aggressive behavior in some individuals, but for these individuals aggressiveness is limited to manic and/or depressive episodes, whereas individuals with IED experience aggressive behavior even during periods with a neutral or positive mood. In one clinical study, the two disorders co-occurred 60% of the time. Patients report manic-like symptoms occurring just before outbursts and continuing throughout.

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

    Today is going well, as did most of yesterday. I am checking his pill box each morning -- at his request -- since he forgot to take his meds two mornings in a row (on Wednesday and Thursday this week).

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