Our expert says:
Bipolar is a burden, surely, but so are many other chronic and troubling conditions, and one can continue to handle life satisfactorily despite it.
Some of us expect to deal with life's problems ourselves and without involving others or expecting to discuss this with others ; and others of us expect more participation and asistance and sympathy from others. Both types can be disappointed. The more self-sufficient among us may be frustrated when others insist on interfering even when we'd rather deal with it alone ; and the others get frustrated with others don't want to hear about our troubles or help.
This latter can create a vicious circle, as the more needy and demanding one becomes, the LESS others pay attention.
Sorry that your mother and sister seem so unsympathetic and unhelpful, but this is probably how they are towards everyone, and I'd suspect they have always been this way, rather than having only recently decided to ignore you alone.
Maybe they're right in suggesting you turn to properly trained and competent professionals and formal support groups, rather than amateurs for help.
The way you describe gives away too much of your power and gives it to reluctant others. Not the best way of handling such situations.
If you had stomach pains and possible appendicitis, you would ( I hope ! ) see a surgeon, rather than waiting for a friend to pop round with a pocket knife.
And don't fall for the delusion of the "social media" that one has multiple"friends" online i they wouldn't get out of bed in the middle of the night to come to you when you're in trouble, they're not a friend.
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