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What Life is Like When Your Mom is BipolarIt’s the only normal you’ve got

Article:https://medium.com/publishous/what-life-is-like-when-your-mom-is-bipolar-bf8fea4d59e3

“Michael, give me a kiss before you go to the bus.”

“Because I’m going to kill myself while you’re at school today.”

The Reality of Life

For me, this was just how life was. I had no frame of reference other than my home. No kid does. Everything their parents do is the right thing because that is the only thing they know.

But some people don’t do that

My dad died at 68 of his third heart attack, while working full time and taking care of my mom, who at that point was an invalid. My mom killed herself at age 63, 6 months after my dad died. My brother died at 43 of a massive heart attack. His son died at 17 of a massive heart attack. My sister has been in and out of mental institutions her entire adult life.

What I do know

Mental illness is a real thing that touches more lives than just the person who has it. If a person is a parent and mentally ill, I can say from experience that a parent’s mental illness changes their kids’ lives. I would guess probably not for the better.

What’s the big deal

I’m reading back through this story and wondering why I wrote it. I think maybe to share my experience in the hope it will help someone.

Conclusion

I’m not manic depressive. But I learned as a child that how my parents acted was how adults behaved in the world. I learned to be dramatic in everyday life. That was cool when I was a performer, but not so cool in any other area of my life.

I am extremely grateful that I did.

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