In every relationship, communication is an essential part of success in the relationship.  When one of the people involved has bipolar disorder, it still does not change this fact.  Communication with your loved one is very important.

 

One thing you need to do is to share your thoughts and feelings openly and honestly.

 

Now, I'm not saying to do this in "fight mode," but it is important for your loved one to know these things.  You can share your thoughts and feelings without being argumentative.

 

For example, you can say something like, "When you sleep all the time, I feel lonely."  Instead of, "I'm tired of you sleeping all the time."

 

Your loved one is not a mind-reader; they only know what you tell them.

 

There is a saying that, "Feelings are not right or wrong – they just are."  Don't feel guilty if you need to share a feeling with your loved one, because they need to know how you are feeling (especially if it involves something they need to change).

 

The way you communicate with your loved one is also important.  Try to stick to "I" statements instead of "You" statements, since "you" statements can often come across as accusatory.

 

Avoiding the terms "always" and "never" is also another good suggestion.

 

Try to communicate with your loved one in a way that doesn't blame them, or they may become defensive, and then it might lead to a fight, which is not what you want.

 

Instead, try being loving, kind, supportive, and understanding in the way that you phrase things when communicating with your loved one.