sister with Bipolar

Jessica Community Member April 14, 2009
  • ...I have a 22 year old sister with Bipolar Disorder and Learning Disabilities.  She is taking Lamactal and has gained some weight from it.  She is too scared to drive her car and has all these anxieties over the smallest things. So far, getting her to work and handle money is too hard.  She is trying very hard though and I am so proud of her.  She is not that bright and sometimes I have to explain things to her.  I just wanted to say that I am glad this website was developed.  It makes me feel comfortable knowing that others are going through the same pain that I am going through.

3 Comments
  • Eric
    Apr. 17, 2009

    Hi Jessica,

    Here are a couple of things to keep in mind. Don't take on your sister as a project or one that consumes most of your time. You have a life too and need to live it.

    There are programs for the mentally challenged and assisted living programs that can help her adapt to the life challenges she faces. All to often we see family members take on the burden...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Jessica,

    Here are a couple of things to keep in mind. Don't take on your sister as a project or one that consumes most of your time. You have a life too and need to live it.

    There are programs for the mentally challenged and assisted living programs that can help her adapt to the life challenges she faces. All to often we see family members take on the burden of trying to care for someone with these disabilities thinking that it would be like abandoning or far worse that we didn't care or are selfish to even think this thought.

    Well its not, and the majority of the time these people get better care, more one on one teaching and learning and of course a better treatment plan in place with social workers around more often. It's up to your parents and their job to tend to this and raising your sister...not you.

    Go on-line and do some research on these programs, check your local mental health offices for brochures and also this is a great place to start asking questions about these programs and organizations that are there to help.

    You sound young and have a full life ahead of you and if you don't have your own family yet...you soon will if you are willing to take time for yourself.

  • Anonymous
    tabby
    Apr. 14, 2009

    Your sister, no doubt, has far more challenges in life than just the Bipolar.  It's nice to read that you are proud of her hard effort to make it.  It shows that you acknowledge her efforts and validate them.

     

    You also noted that it is not only hard on her but that it is hard on you also and yet... you note that you still try to assist her as...

    RHMLucky777

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    Your sister, no doubt, has far more challenges in life than just the Bipolar.  It's nice to read that you are proud of her hard effort to make it.  It shows that you acknowledge her efforts and validate them.

     

    You also noted that it is not only hard on her but that it is hard on you also and yet... you note that you still try to assist her as much as possible with those challenges she needs help with handling.

     

    Thanks for posting this :)