Hoping someone out there has some advise for me as right now I am drowning trying to help my husband. He has suffered from mental health issues for around 20 years and over recent years he will always become angry when he is having an episode. He blames everyone else around him for things going wrong and seems totally incapable of realising that he reaction to situations is so volatile that actually it is him that is at fault.
My son suffers from aspergers and so will get very agitated about certain situations and will quite often shout if someone isn’t doing something quick enough or good enough for him. At times (but rarely) my son will also become a little violent (kicking out or pushing someone).
My husband cannot deal with these outbursts, and very quickly will react with shouting himself at my son (which then makes things worse as they end up shouting at each other). Very often my husband will then walk out on us, claiming to hate us and that he is never coming back etc etc. He always says “he cannot cope any longer”, he thinks we hate him, he has never done anything wrong. His classic phrase is “I didn’t do anything wrong”, yet from the other side his wrong doing is getting angry and walking out instead of trying to take himself off to a room and calm down. He has never practised the things he has been told to do, such as splash his face with water, do some deep breathing for a minute, go to a room for 5 minutes and only leave if he still hasn’t calmed down.
Whenever he has calmed down and I try to talk to him, if I say to him he is depressed and that is what makes him react differently to the rest of us he gets angry and annoyed that I am blaming his depression for these feelings he has. My son does not only direct his anger at my husband, he will direct at myself and his sister too and neither of us react it such an extreme way.
I really do not know how to get my husband to understand and see that he must get more help for his depression and that it is this causing him to have these feelings that we hate him. When the situations return to normal he understands and sees that we do love him but it is so hard to see him going through the bad days believing his family dislike him. The truth is we hate seeing him so upset and want to help him, but he thinks we hate him as a person.
I am drowning right now, tonight has been one of those episodes, he has walked out and threatened to never come back. Eventually he has agreed he will come back but only after we have gone to bed and only if we do not talk to him.
Following on from situations I always ask him if he wants to talk and his answer is always “what is there to talk about”. This is so frustrating and no matter how much I say to him what we should be talking about he just won’t. I don’t feel like I can get through to him. In one way I feel like his is emotionally abusing me, in another I am scared and worried for him as I have been married to him for 21 years.
Looking for advise and someone to talk to.