They say that, "Patience is a virtue," and that is definitely true when it comes to bipolar disorder.  However, that very patience can be tried to its hilt when your loved one goes into a bipolar episode and you have to deal with the consequences.

 

Usually, someone with bipolar disorder will only have one or two episodes per year, but those episodes can be devastating in their effects on your loved one's, yours, and your family's lives.

 

If your loved one goes into a bipolar manic episode, undoubtedly they will speak faster, speak more, and hop from subject to subject, and you will need patience just to listen to them, much less to figure out what they are trying to say.

 

In a manic episode, however, your loved one can do worse damage than just talking fast. 

 

They can literally destroy your family's finances without you even knowing about it.  This is especially where patience would be a virtue – in dealing with the financial (and possibly legal) ramifications of a manic episode.

 

Whether it's from excessive spending or a foolish business investment, consequences can range anywhere from being unable to pay the large credit card bills to having to declare bankruptcy.

 

You will have to have patience to "wait-out" your loved one until they are out of their episode, and even more of it when you talk to them about what happened.

 

It may especially try your patience if your loved one has no recollection of what happened during their episode, which can be a usual occurrence with people who have bipolar disorder.

 

The key is to take preventative measures to insure that your loved one has no access to the family money during an episode, perhaps by keeping their name off the checking/savings accounts, and/or not having credit cards.