So anyhow, we had a patient last week with infectious diarrhea and all of his psych issues were aggravated by lack of ordering psych meds on admission, add infection and malabsorption and dehydration to that and he was kind of a mess for a few days. His wife's a nurse. Once he got a little better it became apparent that he's a really sweet dude who just happens to need certain meds to be the guy he wants to be.
It got me to thinking of that thread a while back on how nurses are more likely to be in codependent relationships. I filed it under "interesting."
So yesterday my hubby finally told me he happens to be in the middle of his second mental breakdown. I'm shocked, surprised, kinda angry, and I really don't know what to do with him. Yes, I was aware of his history, but he's not violent, just depressed, and the OCD-ness of his ... deranged thoughts... that cause the panic anxiety and whatever follows, is just really strange to me. I'm just used to my psych patients being tied down and medicated, and out of my unit in a day or two. I don't have to live with them.
I have a plan, that includes making sure he obtains outpatient psych for now, and I have to admit I made him take a benadryl so we could both get some darn sleep. Being honest, I don't think I want to be responsible for his problem or its solution, because it's not something I have any experience with.
So I don't want medical advice. I really just want to have some clue what to do to help both of us deal.