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Bipolar

Hello Schwartz,

I was mentally and physically abused as a child until I was 17 years old. I have never been able to hold down a relasionship. I was depressed and was always crying.  It was just normal for my little girl to see me this way.  I used to lose my temper so quickly with her and shout and I am very ashamed to say that I slapped her too hard a few times. I could feel my mother in me, my mother abused me. I frightened myself and got some help. Things did get a bit better but I still lost it sometimes and I would lash out when she was rude to me as a teenager.

I would never hit or slap a child now. When she was 17 she took some drugs. It turned out to be a mix of different things. She has never been the same. She has been diagnosed as having bipolar.

Is it my fault?

She won't go for help as she is afraid of taking medication. The last she was perscribed it left her feeling suicidal. I wish I could help her.

Is there anything I can do?

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