I'm wondering how many of us have told our families about our struggles with bipolar. If you did, at what point did you tell, and how much information did you give? What was their reaction? And looking back, are you glad you did?
And if you didn't tell, what is your support network outside of family? I have one good friend I've told about all this (because she's experienced something similar), and it is so nice to have someone to discuss things with.
I'm struggling with this myself. My spouse is clued in to everything, but beyond that, no one knows. One side of my family has a very Tom Cruiseish view of psychiatry and psychotherapy
, and the other side, while believing in psychiatry, is not supportive of the decision to take most medications. So the thought of telling either side of the family is not appealing at all.
However, it can get awfully lonely here on this path by myself.