I wish everyone here the best of luck with all that you're facing. Thanks to Mudah and Pansygirl for making me laugh tonight.
I just got off a difficult phone call with my sister. We have a younger brother who suffers from severe depression, (and I think may be bi-polar) and had a very self destructive episode last night. The incidents used to occur about every 6 months or so, but unfortunately they're getting more frequent, and a lot scarier. He refuses to get professional help for his problems, and instead self medicates with alcohol or drugs. So far, he has only hurt himself (which makes me so, so sad), but he lives with our mother, and I'm scared if things get bad enough, he may do something to harm her as well.
My sister and I finally decided that we need to step in and do everything within our power to get him help, even if it means he hates us for the rest of our lives. I think that his behavior is a cry for help, but I also know that we can't force him to get well when he doesn't want to. So, we are researching our options and once we've figured some stuff out, we have to sit down and have a pretty hard conversation with our parents.
Anyway, thanks for allowing me to vent. Everyone on the FORT is so kind, and I really appreciate the opportunity to get this off my chest.