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Why I went off track and why I came back!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Two weeks ago my older brother (JJ) disappeared after a physical encounter with my younger brother. (Tim).

JJ has bipolar disorder and has been refusing to take medication. It has been stressful on my parents and my family because, as a result of his illness, he has lost his job, had several encounters with law enforcement, and now gone missing. He has tried to take his life on several occasions. Needless to say, we are all scared and devastated. My mother was thinking the absolute worse, and I sometimes so was I while sometimes I knew he would be okay.

He is okay. He turned up at a relative's house about a week after he went missing. This relative lives nearly 2,000 miles away.

During this time I couldn't eat much, and when I did it wasn't very good stuff. I just let myself go again, but I am ready to get back on track!

Fortunately, I have made some pretty good friends through this site and knowing they would be wondering where I had been, inspired me to come back and check in sooner as opposed to later.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am glad to be back. I am glad my brother is safe (names changed to protect.)

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  • SHELLS514
    I am so sorry you had to go through that but I can somewhat relate. My sisters youngest son is bi-polar and has done all those things when off his medications. Untreated bi-polar is very scary so I am so happy to hear he is okay and somewhere safe. I thought about you often the last 2 weeks and most certainly was concerned. I am SO very glad you are back! Now it's time to get the focus back on YOU! Here's to a new day! emoticon and Take care!
    1766 days ago
    Glad to hear your brother is safe.

    Good to see you back! Just jump back in, you'll do great :)
    1766 days ago
    I'm very glad your brother is ok. I understand how hard that must have been.

    You'll be ok to get back on track. And anytime you need support, there's plenty here.

    1766 days ago
  • KIM22211
    I am so glad you were able to find your brother. I can't imagine what your mom was going through. Bless her heart! And yours too! I am really glad you didn't let you drive you over the edge! You are back and that's all that matters!!! Take care of you!
    1767 days ago
    Sometimes people with a new psychiatric diagnosis can be resistant to taking meds for years, then can get on course and lead quite normal lives. I'm one of them. I retired two years ago after a career in mental health. I got my masters in counseling psychology at the age of forty four, then worked as a mental health counselor for the latter part of my work career. I am married and have a successful son who also married and is the father to two young kids. It can be done. It is best if the person has someone close to them who they can confide in. I think they need at least one person to believe in them. Enough pontificating. Good luck to you and to him. Glenn
    1767 days ago
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