Just wanted to say "Hello", and tell you a little about my mental background. The mental illness in my family comes from my father's side. He is bipolar, but more so than me. My daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 14 ... high level functioning with a near genious level IQ and photographic memory. My youngest son and his son (my grandson whom I adopted) have mental and physical problems caused by the genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis complex. And my mother has alzhiemers (does this thing have spell check?) ... almost everyone in her family developed it, and I'm just waiting for it to catch up with me. Well, that's about it, but I'm thinking that's enough. I have always believed I was given all of these "challenges" for a reason, but I've yet to figure out what that reason is. Thanks for listening.
My name is Bob Semk ("prowling_wolf" on Care 2). I was diagnosed with bipolar/anxiety in 1990 even though I knew smething wasn't quite right with me as long as I can remember.
I have been through many meds, many pdocs, and quite a few therapists. Every time I think I have this disease down, I fall into a depression or hike up into mania. My current therapist told me I should be couseling him!
Recently a friend of mine, Jim, who I had known for about 6 months flipped out on me. We were close in age and had quite a bit in common. I even told him that he was the best friend I ever had (I'm 50). One night he went "crazy" and did a complete 180. He ordered me around like a soldier would order a prisoner. He called me offensive names, threw me around like a rag doll, and eventually had a knife at my neck along with a choke hold. He would then pause, cry and apologize. When I addressed him he would hit or kick me. This happened on 2 occassions and both times I was able to get to my neighbor's house to call 911.
I recently took the stand to testify against him. He's facing up to 7 years in prison. I'M HAVING A HARD TIME!! I try to tell friends and family that I know who Jim realy is and he's suffereing from some sort of mental Illness. NO ONE will listen. They all want him to go to prison.
I was told by the DA that I may go before the judge and give my opinion of what should happen to Jim. I'll tell the judge NOT to put him in prison but, rather, a psychiatric hospital so he can get well.
Yes, he hurt me BADLY. Most of the time he treated me as his best friend -- even calling me "Brother". I don't feel like abandoning him in a time a desperate need. I, as you, know what it's like to have a mental illness. I believe Jim is suffering from a mental illness also. Although he assaulted me twice, he wrote painful poetry of wanting out of the "prison" in his mind. He confided in me about about childhood abuse and often just put his head on my shoulder and sobbed.
Does this make sense to anyone? I'd welcome your feedback! I'm hurting badly. I don't want to send my friend to prison.
Hi, I'm Julie and the man in the pic is my husband Aaron. We both have bi-polar but different types. My family accepts aarons illness but refuse to believe there is anything wrong with me and say that I am just lazy and horrible with money etc. I also have fibromyalgia and other illnesses and my husband is a heart patient and a diabetic. We have some wonderful friends that also have different forms of mental illness from bi-polar to schizophrenia who help us to deal with day to day living as we try to help them. My family does not understand why we have surrounded our selfs with these people even though they like them and enjoy their company because they think I am faking everything. We were so glad when we found this site because you can never have to much support or insight and I hope that we might be able to help someone else with our expierences and our friendship as we judge no one and hope not to be judged ourselves. Thank You, Julie and Aaron