Posted by med_empowered on February 22, 2005, at 22:39:18
In reply to Re: Unable to relate to family members?, posted by Phillipa on February 22, 2005, at 17:16:25
I don't know what to say about your parents...parents can be odd. My own parents tend to downplay my problems, until it suits them. For instance, the few times we fight, they blame it on my "problems," instead of listening to what I have to say and responding to it. Other parents have a tendency to act as though the child (adult or still a child) is doing something deliberately (like being depressed, manic, etc.) or they act as if something "caused" the illness (experimentation with drugs, something the parents did, etc.). It can be rough, and I've dealt with both the "you don't have bipolar" and "you're just acting like this because you're bipolar" sides of it. All I can say is...its generally not a mean, spiteful action on the parents' part; its just how some parents act when the child has issues later on. As for your meds...stimulants certainly can help, but if the blood-pressure issue is a big one for you, you may want to explore other options. That said...after 35 meds it may be time to do something radically new, or at least get a new doc. Good lucK!