It seems like Bipolar illness has hit all but one of my son's and their father my husband suffers PTSD. I joined NAMI for support and instead of getting support, I am on the board. We do not have the means to start a support group for family members. I am a wife, mother and a caretaker. My son that does not suffer mental illness is the head of a support group for those with mental illness. He is overloaded, and I am at the breaking point.
I guess my biggest problem is how do I handle those on the board with illness and then come home and handle more. I love my family. I learned how to handle and take care of my stress, but the stress has increased as I now work with others with mental illness. It is a roller coaster ride, and when a certain board member cycles I am the one that is her blasting board. I get angery when she trys to work me, then I feel guilty for my anger. I must say that I have worked over 12 years with crime victims and never have I felt this way. Any advice or ideas of how I can cope better. Taking time for myself right now is not a option. I know what happens when we become burnt, I am just to tired to think of ideas. Any ideas any of you all may have would really help.