Our expert says:
YOu deserve to see a good shrink, probably initially a psychologist, so that the important psychological aspects of your situation get dealt with first, as a psychiarist, sadly, may concentrate too muh on seeking a chemical solution. Yes, a psychiatrist may help to devise chemical / drug ways to control bipolar disorder, if that is indeed properly diagnsed as part of your problems. Psychotherapy, including CBT, can be useful in dealing with isues of control, self-esteem, and learning to avoid self-damaging behaviours. You CAN gain control of the situaion, and of the behaviours that trouble you. Its unfortunate that your mother was apparently neglectful and abusive, but you don't have to carry a heavy legacy of her cruelty with you, and can learn to leave it behind you and to move on to a better way of life.
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