I've been with my boyfriend for almost 3 and a half years and was diagnosed with narcolepsy a year and a half ago. The first half of our relationship I was tired but it didn't affect me too much. After a year and a half of dating we broke up for a short period of time. That semester in school was when I realized my tiredness wasn't normal; I was constantly falling asleep in class, would go home and immediately fall asleep, and fell behind in my school work. I was diagnosed with N and C, then two months later my boyfriend and I got back together.
He has been EXTREMELY understanding of my N after he accepted that my disease is real and not just me being lazy. However, it has come to the point that my moodiness, irritability, and depression are hurting our relationship (and my psyche!). The only time we ever fight is when I'm irritable. Every noise annoys me and him just sitting next to me breathing makes my skin crawl when I'm exhausted. I've lashed out a few times and have yelled, thrown things, and slammed doors. Why he puts up with this I have absolutely no idea. I act like a small child when I get tired. I am scheduled to see a therapist in a week and I hope to get tools to help me manage my extreme ups and downs and irritability.
I would love to hear thoughts from fellow narcoleptics on ways to manage these mood swings. They are threatening my relationship and I need to get them under control ASAP. I've tried to calm myself down when I start to feel that fuzzy-headed irritability coming on but the emotions are like a giant tidal wave that indundates me with emotions I can't fight. How do you all manage the irritability and calm yourselves when exhaustion sets in hard?