You know what's really hard to find? Or maybe my internet research skills are lacking. I don't know, but I've been searching for weeks now for some type of support group/internet group/chat room/anything for spouses of bi-polar people. Is that what bi-polar people are called? bi-polar people? I'm all kinds of confused and probably wrong on all of this stuff.
It's just...so hard. I want to help Chris. We think he is bi-polar. Yet, I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing, or not doing, or what to look for or not look for or ANYTHING really!
I understand bi-polar as a disorder as much as reading a description of bi-polar behavior allows. I've found a zillion websites telling me what bi-polar is and how it affects people. I've come across chat rooms and forums and blogs by and for bi-polar people. I've read their stories. And I don't mean to sound insensitive here, but I don't need to hear from or read anymore about other bi-polar people. I KNOW!
What I need is a place to ask questions about living with, being married to, raising a family with a bi-polar person. This disorder doesn't just affect the person, but everyone around. I need to not feel so alone in this battle.
My family has been great. They really have. But they don't see what I see. Live what I live. They are quick to say try this or that or he just needs to. It's not that simple. You don't just wake up one day and decide to be bi-polar. Just as you can't wake up one day and decide to stop being bi-polar.
I know there has to be something designed to help family members of the bi-polar....I just haven't found it yet.