Our expert says:
A family history can be relevant, in increasing the risk of similar or related problems in another family member. You wife does indeed, from your description, sound unstable, but she needs to be seen by a good local shrink for a p[roper assessment to reach a useful diagnosis and then consider treatment options. And the problem will be her potential unwillingness to face the possibiklity that she may have problems that need treatment. There are provisions within the law to require compulsory assesment and treatment ( and your shrink could advise on this ) but only to people who areon good foundation considered to be a risk to themselves and or others.
The diagnosis suggested by the guy who did see her briefly, sounds quite possible. And maybe she is scared needlessly of what might happen to her if she admitted to having such a problem or being in need of treatment.
You may well wish to consider leaving her, if she continues to refuse proper assessment and treatment. And don't assume that she will automatically be given custody of the children. While the courts are too often imperfect, they are required to consider the needs of the child as paramount, and a mother so highly unstable is NOT likely to be considered as fit to have custody of a child, or even unsupervised access. It would be wise to consult a lawyer, who can advise on how to get evidence or her possible unfitness including perhaps child welfare assessment of the siuation.
Liza makes the good point that if she wishes to defend herself against your allegations that she has serious psychiatric problems, she would need to see a pychiatrist for a full assessment for the sake of the court case.
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