Saturday, November 12, 2005

Dear Bitch,
I'm sure my daughter is bi-polar. She had a very troubled adolescence, seemed to calm down when she got married but got worse again after she had a baby - my grandson, who I adore. She flies into sudden rages all the time and while I don't believe she'd hurt the baby physically, it can't be good for him to grow up around that.

She and her husband are in counseling, but she refuses to bring up the possibility with the therapist. Would I be out of line telling her myself?

Worried Mom

Dear WoMo,
Forget that, you can't call her shrink. She has to maintain some trust with the person she's seeing.

You don't have a lot of options here and I feel for you. If you're really worried about the kid, you need to take the offensive. Hit her right in the maternal guilt and tell her she needs to get this checked out. Yes, she may scream at you - but better you than the kid.

There isn't anything much harder to deal with than a family member with mental illness, because so much of it appears to be personality and it's almost impossible to tell the difference. If I were you, I'd check out your local chapter of AMI.

Good luck,
The Bitch

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