I am very lucky to have a loving family around me. I also have a CPN who I see every two weeks. I know that NHS support varies a lot depending on which part of the country you live in.
My hubby David. We have been together for 15 years and married for 8yrs. He copes quite well with my diagnosis but he doesn’t really understand and I think most of the time he just tolerates my moods.
My son Ben. He’s only 8yrs so he doesn’t understand and I am quite good with covering my real emotions as I imagine that most of us do.
My Dad and Step mum. I tend not to express any real mood swing with my Dad and Step Mum. I will tell them if I’m having a bad day but that’s as far as it goes.
Mum and Step Dad. My Mum knows everything. I see her most days and she comes to every meeting regarding my mental health. My Step Dad is the most grumpiest person you will ever meet I promise you. I see him an awful lot and I can guarantee he will have something to moan about BUT I still love him to bits.
Shrink. My Doctor is supportive, understanding and very calming. I trust her diagnosis fully. I think its great if you get on well with your Doctor.
CPN. I see my CPN every one, two or three weeks depending on my moods. Recently its been every three weeks. I’ve had the same CPN for three and a half years so she knows me pretty well by now. Every appointment with her I use as therapy. I have an hour appointment sometimes longer. I pour my heart out to her every appointment. I laugh, cry, get irritable, happy and angry and that’s where it stays in that little room. Nothing that is said in the appointment needs to be said again. I leave the room feeling lifted somehow and the brave face is put back on.