When we see a loved one suffering, it can be very distressing, and this can often be the case when we see a loved one experiencing the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of bipolar disorder. But there are a number of things you can do, to help you to offer support.
It’s really important that you can have open and honest discussions with your loved one about how it is for them to live with bipolar disorder; discussions can include:
- Knowing the signs of their changes in mood
- How they would like to be supported
- Any behaviour of theirs that you find difficult or challenging
Assuming that every change in their behaviour is a sign of your loved one becoming unwell is completely understandable, however it may not always be helpful to your loved one. Remember that anyone can experiences varying emotions at any time, and the best way to deal with your concerns is to talk to your loved one.
Your own wellbeing
Whilst your main focus may be the wellbeing of your friend or family member, it’s really important that you take time for yourself – this will enable you to continue caring for your loved one to the best of your ability.
Real Life Experience
If you’d like to share your experiences of how you’ve supported a friend or family member living with bipolar disorder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.