Posted by habbyshabit on July 18, 2003, at 22:45:49
In reply to Family Dropping Like Flies, posted by Temmie on July 16, 2003, at 20:47:01
I am so sorry to hear what your are enduring with your Dad. In yesteryear, you could have him hospitalized, at least for 72 hours, and they might find the medication ( there are many today ) that would bring him back to sanity.
I recognize all the behavior you describe as I have done similar things while psychotic or floridly manic. Fortunate for me, Lithium does work.
Today someone has to be a threat to themselves or others to be involuntarily hospitalized. I think the car incidents would qualify. You could call the police next time car close calls come up... or anything resembling a danger to himself or anyone else. Call the cops. I was always picked up by the cops and carted off to psyche units when I was in his condition. It's the safest way to get him treatment. Whether or not he continues once he is released is unfortunately not in your control.
There is no reasoning, as I'm sure you well know, with a manic. You would never convince him to get help in his state of mind. He's king of the universe, afterall, and it is you my dear, that need the help! Call the cops. It's the kindest thing you can do. I don't know if they'll recognize his condition and do something about it, but make sure they talk to him a while. It just might work. NO AIR CONDITIONING! Now that is a danger to your son in his convalescence (sp?)
That's just my point of view. It's horrible the abuse you and your mom and son are having to endure. My husband can't even stand my hypo manic state, which is a far cry saner then where your dad is at.
I'm here to talk, as often as I can find the time. Sorry it's so sporatic right now, our acre is like a small park and requires so much of our attention. We are leaving on Aug. 3rd for a road trip and visit to a favorite cousin of my husbands who is in his 70s now.
Your boyfriend sounds like a whole other thread!
Love and best wishes,