Re: Just about had enough
I have been paged, and I'm here.
I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 disorder. What your wife has, with the paranoid episodes, is mostly like Type 1, which really shows with the paranoid episodes.
Up until March of 2017, I had absolutely NO faith in medications. All they did was make me feel absolutely weird and too happy for my liking. After a week or so, I'd go manic. A prime example was the time they gave me Prozac. I actually sleepwalked for the first time ever in my life. It was horrible. At the time I was in a PHP (partial hospitalization program), and that one clue helped them realize I needed a mood stabilizer plus an antidepressant specifically designed for bipolar disorder.
Once I got on the correct meds, life literally shifted for me. Gone were all the crazy thoughts and the odd mental noise in my head, instead I could think clearly for the first time in over a decade.
My advice to you? Get a freaking VAR. You can download one to your phone that you activate when she's "going off the rails." Next, sit down with a lawyer and do what you can to protect the kids. Tell her you will work with her, listen to her, but she has to go to therapy. If she chooses not to, PROTECT THOSE CHILDREN!!! Next, take those recordings, and have her butt Baker Acted...otherwise known as an involuntary hold. Go with her, support her, show those recordings to the psych evaluator, then partner with the medical professionals. Let them know she is paranoid. She could do serious harm to herself or the children and needs the help.
Anyways, this is my two cents...if you need more specific help, PM and I'll walk you through a lot of the steps.