| | My adult daughter's mental illness is killing me
My daughter is 29 years old, married (2nd), and has a 1-year old. Since she was about 15, we have had periods of emotional crisis and then some that were relatively crisis-free. At one point she was diagnosed as bipolar and tried out on Lithobid, and Depacote. Then the psychiatrist decided it was more of a clinical depression than typical bipolar, so she was put on Zoloft. A move to another city required a change of doctors and the new doc decided she also had adult ADD. She was given Adderall and then Strattera, and switched to Cymbalta for the depression. After marriage #1 disintegrated partly due to her depression and mood swings, she met hubby #2 and got pregnant. Needless to say, the mood swings were much worse during pregnancy. In addition to all of this, at some point during her first marriage, she got addicted to pain meds given to her after an accident. This, of course, did not help with her depression or mood swings. It was such a major addiction that her ob/gyn doctor kept her on a regulated dosage of hydrocodone during her pregnancy rather than risk the baby having withdrawals in utero.
Once the baby came, back to the psych she went, and was given Adderall again. She got to where she was taking so much Adderall that she was running out before her prescription could be renewed. She resorted to stealing some of her nephew's Adderall. The only good thing about this was that she had to own up to her problem when her sister discovered it. As far as I know, right now she is taking nothing other than the Cymbalta, but she needs help! She sleeps all the time and is very depressed for several days in a row. She talks about how she feels like there is no hope. After about a week of this, she will all of a sudden be in a good mood, talking very fast, etc. I called today to try to help her get an appointment at a new doctor since she doesn't seem to like the other one, but this doctor had no openings for three months! We can't wait that long. I feel like I am losing my mind now from having to deal with this. I love my daughter, but it is exhausting.: