My house is not your average home ... and maybe as I read more in this forum I might find out it is, who knows! My husband and I both have bipolar disorder. We have a 12 yo daughter with adolescent bipolar, a 9yo son with Asperger's and a 14yo teenager who I think is depressed but we're still working with her. We have a lot of challenges every day and we get through it. My husband is also a recovering alcoholic. New at this and he still falls off the wagon sometimes, but I am proud that he is doing as well as he is, but it sure doesnt help his mood swings. He was already irritable beginning last week, so knowing what I need when I am like that I was making everything as easy on him as possible. He isn't working right now, so I still made dinner when I got home, made sure the kids were doing what they needed to do in addition to my working a 2nd job and going to school, but we wanted to make sure he was okay and could get through this mood swing without it hurting any of us. Well we found out that our 14yo daughter has had sex. I am deeply hurt by this bc she is such a great kid and took it hard and at first I thought he took it really well, but then the next day when I was at work he told her how she would be watched like a hawk, she would never have a life, etc. Once I got home, he began blaming me in front of all the children and then started calling her names and how she just sluts around. I am not sure who it hurt more, her or me. He does this. He decides which child he likes more and then makes sure everyone in the house is aware of it. He is remorseful after his episodes but still doesnt recognize how important his medication is, to be educated about the disorder, etc. I have definitely had my faults and I am not perfect, but I am such a calmer person and I think its because I am very self aware and almost have to put myself in my own quiet place when I feel the anger overcoming me. I can understand where he is at and I know how it is to be there ... but how many times do I tell my kids its because he's sick. I feel like I am failing everyone.
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