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Subject: Re: LONG: 2nd post, but for me this time Date: 2/23/2003 11:18 PM
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Maggie,

I don't know quite what the thought process is that he has.

I suspected the bipolar because he is very slow speaking normally. Very slow. Not stupid, just his words are spoken slowly. When he was sober for two months last summer I noticed his speak pattern speed up tremendously. I asked him to speak out loud. He wasn't sure what I was talking about and I just told him to talk about what he was thinking. His thoughts were all over the map in the 30 seconds he spoke. THAT was when I knew there was something wrong besides the drinking, not just suspected.

What I am not sure of is how much control he has over this. The alcoholism is one thing he clearly had control over. I don't subscribe to the AA (powerless over alcohol line), but this is something entirely different.

I really don't know what I am facing with the disease. I have read a bazillion books, looked at several hundred websites, called various researchers, etc, but I still don't know how he is looking at the world. Because of this, I don't know what things I should be looking for, requiring from him (as opposed to wishing, but that he just isn't capable of), etc.

Could you tell me what you face on a daily, hourly basis? How much function is possible? That seems to be the key piece of the puzzle, but the one I am missing.

Leighsah
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