Our expert says:
Oddly, even though it's obviously a problem for a family to cope with a major member who has a significant psych problem, the family dynamics can come to center around that, so its also not easy to re-adjust when that problem gets under control. And it sounds as though now the substance abuse issue is under control, the underlying mood disorder is yet to be fully controlled.
Meanwhile, you may feel almost resentful that the focus remains so much on him, without, perhaps the degree of recognition you may deserve for all the effort you have put in in the past and still do put in.
There's no such thing as mild antidepressants, and the phrase worries me. Antidepressants must be used at the proper dosage or not used at all. A low dose is useless, and causes problems rather than solves them. But you're right, you may deserve help without actually being depressed - counsellin would be a good option, and maybe if you explore options, there might be someone who could see you late afternoon or weekends, to help. Call FAMSA and see what they might be able to suggest
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