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Painted Brain | Having To Avoid Contact With A Family Member Due To Bipolar Disorder
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  • August 22, 2016

Having to Avoid Contact with a Family Member Due to Bipolar Disorder

I am Bipolar. I can act irritable as if I have a major attitude problem but I feel it is best for me to avoid being in contact with my grandmother because of two weeks of major arguments and then two days of intense arguing that left me unable to sleep. I felt very sad, and extremely emotional because my uncle wasn’t that available. There was a Jewish wedding in the family and I didn’t want to go and because I feel like I don’t relate well to this person. In my opinion, he is like an acquaintance I’d rather not be around. I told grandma it’s completely inappropriate for me to go to the wedding. I called grandma’s house a few times to speak to her housekeeper because I was lonely and felt like I needed support but when grandma got on the phone it always ended up with arguing that became intense power struggles and it was very unhealthy for my emotional stability. It is hard for me to not be in contact with a family member and I was very concerned that this wedding would tear me and my grandmother apart. I told her I simply don’t think it’s appropriate for me to go. She should have been able to accept that and instead was arguing with me hours upon hours days upon days that I need to do what is right for me.


Dawn writes about symptom management for Painted Brain News

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