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  •  Bipolar/borderline? excellent writing StevenD (6+ / 0-)

    Bipolars have manic episodes. Bipolar/borderline is a very rough hand to get. Your second wife sounds like she was a very interesting but troubled person.

    Was she abused as a child?

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    by FishOutofWater on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:22:00 PM PST

    •  Emotional abuse certainly (6+ / 0-)

      Her diagnosis was borderline personality disorder.  She had mood swings from depressive to manic states, but with all the drug use it is hard to know what led to those mood swings.  After her suicide attempt, she was prescribed large doses of a tricyclic anti-depressant (Elavil) which caused a great deal of fatigue which led to more meth use, and so she was constantly going through mood changes, but to what extent they were related to her underlying diagnosis and to her abuse of drugs is hard to say.

      Her parents were both manipulative and emotionally abusive.
      Her father may have been physically abusive as well.  Dad had done two tours in Nam as a surgeon and left his family and married a nurse he served with.  As for her mother, my wife used to use me to screen calls from "Mom" so she wouldn't have to talk to her.  Mom was very manipulative and had a co-dependent personality, and she placed my wife at a young age as a go between between her ex-husband and herself, and as surrogate mother to her brothers.  My ex-wife's brothers (one older, one younger also had what I considered mental health issues, especially the older one).  It was a very  broken and fractured family dynamic.

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      by Steven D on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:39:17 PM PST

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    •  hey Fish, can I ask why you asked (0+ / 0-)

      this question?  I've got a brother who was diagnosed as bipolar in his 30s... who was also abused as a child.  So I'm wondering if you know of some connection?

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      by Hopeful Skeptic on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 09:18:49 PM PST

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      •  There isn't any causal connection (0+ / 0-)

        Some kids that are bipolar are "abused" by how their behavior induces parental coping behavior that do neither any good.

        If he was abused you probably were too and from what you said don't seem to have the disorder.

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        by samddobermann on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 04:46:15 AM PST

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