Please help me with ideas to emotionally support my sleepwalking husband. I am not, repeat not, seeking medical advice here. We already know what the trouble is, but I feel so bad that my husband goes through this.
If my DH has an episode I feel so bad. I am torn between telling him what he has done, and not telling him. Sometimes, during an episode he gets very angry and swears and curses, other times he gets giggly and does really funny things.
Recently we have had to eliminate alcohol and caffeine from his life since they can cause the episodes to worsen. Since the current stress he is under can’t be lessened, all the other factors must be. I feel horrible since I am the one who is aware of the problem, I feel like I have become the “sleepwalking police.”
He is quiet and withdrawn about it, and we try not to talk about it too much, but sometimes we have to. His case is considered severe because of certain behaviors. We have gotten all the medical help we can, but the emotional shame he feels, I just can’t seem to help.
What are some ways I can show him that he is still valued and is not defined by this disorder? What are some ideas to give him spiritual support? I have shown him the research that says this is not a psychiatric disorder, but a genetic chemical disorder. He still feels so much embarrassment. (Hence my posting it here and not seeking help closer to family.)