An older brother with bi-polar.
I am the youngest of three boys, and I am particularly close to the next brother up from me despite there being ten years between us - for your information my eldest brother is two years or thereabouts older again, and so he is twelve years older than me (but not that we are not all that close as we all are but I am just more closer to the middle one out of the three of us).
A few years ago and after several years of some rather unusual behaviour on his part, he nearly killed himself and then became diagnosed as being bipolar which is also known as manic depression in many cases. He was then put on to regular medication which helps him really well, although he does have the odd wobbly moment as I am quite sure that we all do at times.
But with a lot of support he is a lot better, and if anything our relationships as brothers has gotten a lot better too. I would say that if you find yourself in a similar situation, then get help - either for them or for yourself. This will not only help the person who is suffering more to get better, but it will also help those who are also watching them in their suffering too.
Go and speak to your GP, and theirs if you are able to do so. Failing that, there will also be many other places such as mental health charities or support groups to get help from. Find other places for support if you can, such as other people that you may know or counselling.
Kasman wrote on June 12, 2015, 3:20 PM
I think that in such a situation your GP should be the first port of call. He can point you in the direction of those who are better able to help.
HappyLady wrote on June 13, 2015, 12:52 AM
I hope you and your family can get all the help you need. There is a member in my family who manages this condition and it is not easy for any of us at times. Having the right support is vital.
Mommyjen wrote on June 13, 2015, 7:36 AM
Two of my friends have bipolar siblings. They say it really requires patience and love to understand them.
suzzy3 wrote on June 14, 2015, 3:17 PM
Good advise bi polar and depression are so misunderstood and it would help a lot people if others understood more.