" Though the loved ones would prefer not to worry about this, they know what happens when the sufferer goes off his or her meds.One of the most helpful things you can do if you have a loved one with this disorder is to find a friend who has a loved one with this disorder, too, or find a therapist with whom you can discuss how this affects you.While other disorders, such as depression and anxiety, may work in cycles or waves, Bipolar Disorder requires constant, vigilant management.The disorder is typically managed by daily medication and talk therapy.If you share a bed with the person, you may wake up at 4 a.m. You may be further upset when you find that he or she has been up for the third night in a row, unable to lay in bed and sleep.Even if you don't share the bed, that person may be up making noise in the middle of the night and may keep others in the house awake.Overall, loving someone with Bipolar Disorder creates fear and anxiety in the loved ones.The loved ones learn that medication often does a good job managing the symptoms, so the loved ones become extra cautious and almost parental: "Did you take your medication today?
I am so much like him and my partner has been going through manic depressive states most of our lives.
The situation is more difficult when the loved ones aren't ware of what the problem is. If the loved ones don't understand how the disorder works, they can get caught in a cycle of trying to figure out why the person changes so much.
Know that if someone's mood appears to change a lot more than yours, they probably have a mood disorder.
Feel free to check out my book on relationships, While there is a lot of truth in this article, it seems to speak to people who are in the earliest phases of addressing a bi-polar diagnosis, or people who have trouble managing their disorder.
I don't want to down-play any of the serious issues raised here, however, as someone who has lived with bi-polar disorder for over thirteen years, I think it's also important to provide some hope for family members and for people who are coming to terms with the diagnosis.