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This Week's Carenote - 06/21/11

I am 36 and I take care of my husband who is 38 and has Bipolar II disorder.  He has had this for about 7 years.  I love him very much and we have two teenage daughters; we've been married 16 years.  Right now I am at my breaking point. I feel like *me* is completely gone. All I can do is think about how to respond to him so that I donít set him off. He is staying on his meds for as far as I can tell. The biggest thing I deal with is his inability to communicate with anyone and mostly me. He absolutely refuses or cannot try to talk to anyone about daily life. If I talk to him once per day, that is a lot! And then itís usually like we just met and we talk about the weather.
 
I want to break free of this; I want him to try to work on his issues, but he wonít. I want to divorce him right now because I just need to have a real relationship. But I love him and I promised him for better or for worse. I want to always be there for him, but I need things, too. I feel as if I just donít get to have feelings and preferences. I think I need to find someone who can listen; someone who cares about me.  I need to find people like me, but there are no support groups in my area that I can find.


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