Getting a Borderline to Take Their Medication

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Borderline Personality Disorder
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Sometimes I feel like I’m going to war with the world — or at least part of it. Trying to get people to do what’s good for them can be a real pain in the ass.

As I’ve said before, my husband has borderline personality disorder. From what I understand about the condition (if understand is the right word), he needs to take medication. However, my husband has some preconceived notions about the type of people who take medication for mental conditions and he is adamant about not taking the prescribed meds for his condition. His reasoning? There’s no pill to cure borderline personality disorder.

Technically my husband is right. There is no cure for borderline personality disorder. However, there are medications that can make his symptoms better. His symptoms, my friends, are what are driving me to the brink of insanity. His mood swings are almost impossible to keep up with. His angry outbursts are a challenge to deal with, and it’s even harder for me to hide them from the kids. The thing is, I don’t want the kids exposed to unhealthy behavior, which means I have to either rush them out of the house when he starts his shit or I have to find a way to get him to stay in the bedroom. Of course, I’m the evil bitch when I do this. I’m horrible for taking the kids out and leaving him at home while we get ice cream or I’m a bitch for asking him to stay away from us.

So far I have been pretty successful at hiding his behaviors from everyone, and trust me, it hasn’t been easy. It is starting to wear on me. Between dealing with the bullshit of his ex-wife and dealing with his shit, I sometimes want to crawl in a corner and cry. If it wasn’t for the kids I’d probably have given up by now. The thing is, I love my step-kids as if they were my own and I’m not going to leave them. If I leave my husband, the kids would go back to his ex-wife and my step-daughter has already told me how she feels about that so it’s not going to happen.

So how do you get a borderline to take their medication? That’s something I still have to figure out. Short of slipping it into his food, I honestly don’t know what to do. Anyone who has dealt with a borderline knows exactly what I’m talking about. They are impossible to deal with at times. One moment they are the most loving person in the world, the next minute you’d swear they could be the star of the next Exorcist movie. Borderline personality disorder is not a pretty condition. For those who are dealing with borderline spouses, I’ll let you know if I figure something out. Maybe someone out there will be able to benefit from the hell I’m going through.

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