If you are dealing with a loved one who has bipolar disorder, you're probably not feeling very lucky right now, but I'm going to tell you why you are lucky.

 

First of all, if you're sitting there reading this, and your loved one is in the house with you instead of in the hospital or institution, then consider yourself very lucky.  Many other supporters have had to involuntarily hospitalize their loved ones.

 

If your loved one is taking their medication (willingly) regularly, you are definitely lucky, as many people with bipolar disorder aren't, and are taking their lives into their own hands.  Remember that not taking their medications, or going off their medications, can lead to suicide.

 

If your loved one is following their treatment plan, including going to see their doctor, psychiatrist, and therapist appointments, then consider yourself lucky, especially if you don't have to remind them!

 

If your loved one is stable, and not swinging from extreme mood to extreme mood, but is in a long period of stability, count yourself one of the lucky ones.

 

If you yourself are feeling well and strong and comfortable in your position as a supporter, you are lucky.  Many supporters burn out.  This must mean that you haven't forgotten to take care of yourself.

 

If you have a roof over your head, food to eat, transportation, clothes to wear, money, and any other essentials you may need, you are lucky, as there are many people who are struggling right now.

 

If you have a good relationship with your loved one, consider yourself very lucky.

 

And if your loved one is NOT in a bipolar episode right now, then count your blessings – you are very, very lucky!