Getting help when he doesn't accept diagnosis - Leah's
Dear Leah --
Yours is about the fifth such question in a week, which I mention not to insult
you at all but to point out how many people must be in your circumstance.
I'm sorry to hear about your situation, which must indeed feel desperate.
I wish I had something more to offer than general ideas and some examples of
replies to others. However, if his symptoms are "mood swings"
rather than full "manic" episodes, you may have more reason to hope
than some others as well. When people have a full manic episode, they seem
to "lose insight" even more than in Bipolar II.
Do you think your husband would be willing to complete a 1 page questionnaire
to "test" this bipolar idea? Or, is there someone he really
trusts (someone besides you and his mother) who could fill out the form about
him and show it to him? Have a look
at the test and see what you think.
In the meantime, read
three answers I've offered others who faced a like problem: in the
Getting help for people who
don't want help
Family Problems from Bipolar
Bipolar Husband Stops Lithium
Published January, 2001