Husband with bipolar mom
His dad died 20 years ago, his mom about 5 years ago. She was bipolar, his dad not, but all he did was shield his children, never talking to them and never getting them involved. He meant really well, but he especially forgot my husband quite often (I think because my husband was the youngest of his children).
Now my husband is slipping in a severe depression. His excellent therapist (he decided he needed help) tells him to find a way to grief his past. She told him (and will help him with this) to find his memories and work through them to give them a place.
I have always known something is not quite right, and I really hate to see him struggle so badly.
Things are going downhill real fast: he talks about wanting to leave us so he won't burden us and hurt us (he has done his share of very hurtful things, somehow managing to keep us on "the outside").
If he wants to leave us, he can, but not for the wrong reasons!
Any of you recognize this? Have a bipolar parent? I don't think his depression is bipolar, I think he really has depression. I have never seen him manic, and - too be honest - untill now also never depressed. He can be down, but not like this...
Is therapy going to help him?