Hi Shelb and all you others out there,
this is a good thread...instead of thinking of ourselves, my meds, my rages, my depressions, my manias, mememememememe!!!!
this is about those around us who normally can't make the decisions for themselves, our most loved, most hated children.
Just recently I really was going to leave my husband, send my daughter to live with her father and move to a croft in Scotland.....I am worried about the effect on my child (a very emotionally intelligent nearly 9 yr girl). I have explained to her that mummy has part of her body that doesn't work quite right, like Daddy and glasses, whilst he can't see properly I sometimes feel a bit strange or act a bit odd or on the rare occasion scare her by shouting without the customary 3 warnings to stop doing / do whatever it is i've asked. She sort of understands it; she knows it will never go, but that as a family we are all doing our best to mimimise the dangerous elements.
Unfortunately for Charlotte her father has also been diagnosed with it, plus i have 6 others in my immediate family plus paranoid schizophrenic, so the odds are she will have it. I have not told her this yet though..
I hope this helps a bit it's a family thing, but you do have to take the responsibility to take the meds, minimise stress (type of job i quit as Managing Director in April this yr), exercise, eat and sleep well. This bit I hate, as BP (mainly manic for me) we are prone to enjoy the exciting things in life which going to bed by 10pm sort of curtails!
All the best to you x