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Old 05-19-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question Trying to help aunt whom I suspect is Bipolar

She lives with my mom. I think my mom is her enabler. She bails her out financially and has provided a place to live for almost a decade. Both are elderly with my mom being older. Aunt is like a mother to me also but she has had these episodes for as long as I can remember. We've tried to help her before and she started going to the emergency room to avoid her primary doc that we had spoken with. Aunt started yelling in mom's face when I was down for mother's day. I stepped in to stop it and Aunt started crying like someone had died. She spent most of the weekend ignoring everyone and is just now bothering to talk/email me.Mom just took it and tried not to flinch. I'm afraid Aunt is going to get more verbally abusive. I want them both to get help. I know most of my family has mood issues including several that are bipolar and being treated successfully. Aunt refuses to acknowledge she needs help and continues to isolate herself. To make things worse, Aunt rescued a young, boisterous dog that I'm afraid is gonna break bones that she can't physically control. What scared me most was seeing Mom take a hard fall when trying to react to one of Aunt's barked orders. Mom was two feet in front of me and went down like a prizefighter knockout on tile. Aunt didn't notice for a while. Mom had told her repeatedly she didn't want a dog in the house. And the tension is enough to get either one a heart attack. Both have health issues and Aunt is a major hypochondriac. Help, I'd appreciate any suggestions given.

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