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There's a name for that behavior corafree

Posted by Racer on October 10, 2006, at 21:43:42

In reply to Re: Manic Depressives NOT on a benzo for mania!? Racer, posted by corafree on October 10, 2006, at 20:31:49

> sayswillODw/ome, cf

Corafree, if he says he will OD without you, that's a form of blackmail. Do you really want to reinforce that behavior?

What's more, there don't have to be any absolutes in this situation: you don't have to say, "Go away forever," you can say, "I can't be with you when you're manic." That kinda includes the possibility that he can come back when he's NOT manic. Where is he drawing the line? He'll OD if you leave long enough to go to the store? To the postbox on the corner?

Honestly -- I hate to see that sort of thing go on. It can be dangerous, too, because it can escalate quickly.

> So, the anxiety I'm seeing is probably 'his trying to communicate to me he cannot communicate how he is feeling'. Maybe he is feeling the same frustration I'm feeling.

That's NOT anxiety he's displaying, though, Corafree. It's DIFFERENT from anxiety -- whether or not he admits it, he probably feels pretty great. That's what mania is for a lot of people -- feeling better than normal.

> And I've wondered too, his P's possible knowledge of drug abuse interfered somehow w/ his treatment.
>

I only brought that up as another reason not to explore benzos for this man. The real reason, the best reason, is that they don't help what ails him. They don't stabilize his mood -- that's what he needs: mood stabilization, with a mood stabilizer. Depakote is one option for mood stabilization.

I hope you'll do what you need to do to keep yourself safe. Good luck.


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