Living with a Bi Polar family member can often be a difficult learning process. Whether the family member is a spouse or a child, watching their personal struggles can often be painful and frustrating as well. Learning some ways to keep the focus on a mentally healthy surrounding for a loved one can be very important.
Improve General Knowledge
It is very important to do some research on some of the signs, symptoms and triggers for bipolar episodes. This can help you to recognize the signs of an impending melt down and in the very least be prepared with all of the available stress relieving exercises you may have learned from researching.
Do Not Personalize
Try to understand the ups and downs of this mental disorder and do not allow any personal affronts to really get to you. Unfortunately, one of the aspects of mania episodes is that the person suffering can sometimes act out verbally, and potentially even physically.
Do Not Make Assumptions
If you have preconceived ideas of what mental illness are and no real concrete evidence or education, try not to let any biased ideas effect how you deal with and help out a bi polar loved one.
Encourage Social Behavior
One aspect of bipolar disorder can be a slow withdrawal from social activities, or even a refusal to share emotions and feelings. Be sure an individual suffering from this disorder knows they have someone to talk to about anything at anytime.
Attending counseling and having an unlimited amount of patience may also be
something that can help everyone involved along the road to acceptance, understanding and hopefully a sense of recovery when family, friends and loved ones know the roads a person with bipolar disorder has to travel. Understanding is the truly the key to providing a healthy atmosphere for your friend or loved one.