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partners of those who suffer from a psychiatric disorder
Introduction 
12th-Sep-2006 06:22 am
Hawaii
Tell us a little bit about yourself (how old you are, which part of the world you are from, if you're male or female, what you do for a living...)

Hi there. My name is Kathy and I found this community a couple of weeks ago. I have started this introduction about three times now, but for some reason have not been able to finish it either from getting interrupted to just not being sure what to write. I am 40 years old and live in Southern California. I am currently a manicurist working in a salon where there are only two of us, and that is definitely my therapy since I have contact with adults in the outside world! I am the proud mom of a 5-year-old little girl and my husband and I have been together since 1995 and were married in 1999.

My husband is suffering from what I believe is drug-induced psychosis. He has been taking dozens of medications over the years for diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. He has been through many surgeries as well. Currently, he is taking Neurontin, Oxycontin, Lyrica and Provigil. He is seeing many different doctors ranging from his endocrinologist to a psychiatrist.

My husband began a few months back starting to hear "voices." He has a few different voices that talk to him. He also began what I call sleep eating as well as sleep walking. He would gorge himself with food to where it would be all over his face and mouth, like he had been shoving it in. One night, I woke up to the house being filled with every light possible on. As I went through turning off lights, I found a huge stock pot I store in the garage was now on the floor in front of our daughter's room. In the kitchen, almost the entire contents of the refrigerator were out on the counters, and cereal bowls had been placed over each of the four burners on the stove. Luckily, the stove had not been turned on. My husband had no recollection of doing this and had no clue what he must have been thinking. During the day, my husband goes through periods where he can be talking normally, and then his speech will begin to become a bit slurred, his eyes will roll into his head and he will start talking about almost nonsensical things -- like he is in some hallucinagenic state. He has brought all of this to the attention of the psychiatrist who just yesterday says to not worry and he'll see him in 3 months.

As for obstacles, I don't even know where to begin. All I can say is that it makes it very difficult trying to continue to have a "normal" household for my daughter and to try to ease her frustrations of dealing with her dad when he is like this. I just tell her that dad is tired and let's go in the other room and do something together.

There is so much more I could offer; however, I think it will just take me time to share everything in posts rather than to try to type it all out here.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I look forward to getting to know others here soon!
comments 
13th-Sep-2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hello Kathy, welcome to the community and thank you for posting your introduction!

What a terrifying story - I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you to see your husband acting so completely out of character. And I can't believe that psychiatrist. Do you think your husband would be willing to seek a second opinion from a different psychiatrist? I wonder if your husband would benefit from seeing a sleep specialist. I'm just appalled that his doctor would tell you not to worry and to schedule another appointment that far away in the future.

I commend you for keeping a clear head for the sake of your family. It must be really difficult to explain to a five-year-old what's going on with her dad. I hope you have good friends and family that you can rely on for support and an ear when you need it. This would be an awful lot to deal with on your own. I hope this community will be able to offer you support as well. I'm glad to have you as a member.
16th-Sep-2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, my husband would be willing to get a second opinion. I just don't know if he really wants to deal with any more doctors. And yes, I do have some very supportive friends. Some I think were under the impression that if they were supportive during the times he was in the hospital, that when he came out he would be "all better." Unfortunately, he doesn't get "all better." So it makes it difficult for those that don't live with him 24/7 to really understand what is going on and how much I need their support. That's why I've begun reaching out to the online world hoping that maybe there are others out there feeling the same way.
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