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scarfman
Sep. 16th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)

I've seen your posts about your brother before, but if I knew he was depressive or that he died by his own hand I don't remember now. I don't know whether this will make you feel better or worse, but: My wife and stepkids were diagnosed bipolar when the kids were teenagers (I recall feeling that there must be something wrong with me because I don't seem to need therapy) and have gone on to great lives, including my wife getting her J.D. once the kids were grown and gone.

valsadie
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever mentioned here on this blog how Aaron died -- and I've only obliquely referred to it on his blog. But we did tell many people directly, and they filled others in. And if you put the pieces together at the time, you could have figured it out.

I can't say I've hit a point of rage about it -- because that seems to speak more about my feelings than his. Surprised isn't the most accurate word, either. Just devastated that he did it at all. And so close to my birthday hurts too.

Mental illness doesn't have to take over your life. But it can still take it, if you're not watchful.
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