Psychology and Mental Health Forum

Author:  crackersregular [ Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:56 pm ]
Blog Subject:  Learning to be a stepfather

I will have been married 2 years this November and I married into 3 children that live with us and one that lives with my wife's mother. Just for a bit of background, I have never been married before and didn't have any children previously of my own. It's been tough at times and I am learning to train my mind to not let things bother me like they previous would have. I want to be able to appreciate my wife and my step children and not take them for granted. It is a progression and a learning process. Sometimes it hurts, but it's always worth it.


Author:  crackersregular [ Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:47 pm ]
Blog Subject:  July 9th

Today has been a pretty good day so far. I did call into work though because I was so tired from our vacation. So I have just been relaxing today and slowly getting unpacked getting ready to return to work tomorrow. Tonight around 6pm my wife and I are going to her parents. They are cooking ribs and sausage. I'm still a bit tired from our trip but I think it would be good for us to get out of the house for awhile and spend some time with the kids before they go over to their father's tomorrow.


Author:  crackersregular [ Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:17 pm ]
Blog Subject:  Vacation...

We made it here in Houston. The ride here was fair. It wasn't too bad and everybody seemed to get along pretty well. One thing did get to me right as we were arriving in Houston - First of all I was trying to give directions to my wife who was driving and during this she wants to tell me about a highway we are going to be taking tomorrow. Well that upset me because I am under stress trying to get to our destination while she is telling me about a highway that has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Now as a person who lives with a mental illness I try to take one day at a time and I got upset with her because she was telling me about a highway we aren't even using today which made me not feel like she helping me take one day at a time. Now I could be taking this to an extreme because I'm tired and we just drove for some 4 or 5 hours. And I wanted to get really upset and told her to shut up which I probably shouldn't have done but that's part of my illness. I don't want to let these little things get to me but I do know that this takes practice and yes, one day at a time but it's not as big of a deal as I am making I think. I probably owe my wife an apology and chalk it up to me being tired, physically and mentally. I want to enjoy so much but it seems this mental illness harps on that desire all the time. This is what is frustrating to me. I don't want to be missing moments of enjoyment. Stress also plays a big factor in my illness. It triggers it. And I married into 3 kids that live with us and one that doesn't so I know that I need a lot of support with handling this stress that comes along with the blessing of having a family.


Author:  crackersregular [ Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:27 pm ]
Blog Subject:  Vacation

Well today my family and I are going on vacation to Galveston. One of my wife's son's who does not live with us is going with us. Well he has some of the same problems I have as far as mental disorders go. So I hope all goes well with this vacation because we butt heads all the time because we are so much alike. I didn't get a whole lot of sleep last night but hopefully my meds will compensate for that and that we all really do have a great time. This is kinda the difficulty thing about living with a mental disorder. But I'm just trying to get through today. One day at a time is all I have and that is the philosophy I choose today.


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