Many times, you may run across someone with bipolar disorder who seems to be stable and even high functioning.  If you were to ask them the secret for their success, they may very well tell you that it's because they have a strong support network.

 

A support network consists of those people who can (and are willing to) help your loved one to cope with their bipolar disorder.

 

Some examples of these people are:

 

1.      A spouse or partner

2.      A friend

3.      A family member

4.      A clergy person

5.      A doctor

6.      A psychiatrist

7.      A therapist

8.      A pharmacist

9.      Another person with bipolar disorder

10.  Co-workers (and/or boss)

 

There is no limit to the number of people that someone has in their support network.  These are only examples.

 

With a strong support network, your loved one has a better chance for stability with bipolar disorder, because they don't have to try to handle everything by themselves.

 

The most important thing, however, is that your loved one make use of their support network.  They must be willing to accept help from these people.