If your loved one has bipolar disorder, you will have family issues surrounding their disorder.  Although there are more family issues that I talk about on my website devoted to bipolar disorder, this article will discuss five of these issues.

 

1.      Jealousy or Resentment

It is hard for you not to feel jealous or resentful when your loved one has bipolar disorder.  You probably have more than the lion's share of responsibilities.  If your loved one has gone through manic episodes which have put you into financial difficulties, then you are probably handling the family finances as well.  They may be using their bipolar disorder as an excuse for not doing things that you have to do.

 

2.      No help with children or house

If you have children, you may have to discipline them by yourself when your loved one is in an episode.  When they are in a normal period, they may try to help with discipline, and this may cause confusion for the children.  When it comes to taking responsibility for them, you probably have to take most of it yourself.  As far as home responsibilities, whether it is cleaning it or doing simple repairs, your loved one may not help you much in this area, and it may be very frustrating for you.

 

3.      Financial problems

If your loved one has been in a manic episode, this is probably a big issue for you.  They may have spent an excessive amount of money; perhaps even ran up your credit cards, drained your checking and/or savings accounts, taken out loans behind your back, re-mortgaged your home, or made poor business investments.  You may even be facing a bankruptcy.  Any of these things can happen during a manic episode, and you may be facing the consequences from it.  Even if you aren't, finances are still a family issue when dealing with a loved one who has bipolar disorder.  In most cases, it is left to the spouse to deal with them.

 

4.      Embarrassment

There is still stigma surrounding bipolar disorder, and perhaps you have experienced some of it yourself.  Many people with a loved one who has the disorder are embarrassed to even tell people that their loved one has it.  Others have been embarrassed by their loved one's behavior during a bipolar episode, even though there is nothing they could do about it.  This can lead to isolation, which is not good for the family, either.

 

·        Marital discord

This issue can be anything from fighting to problems with sex.  Your loved one with bipolar disorder can become very frustrated and turn their anger on you, or they can go into a manic episode, become irritable and fight with you, or even become abusive or violent toward you.  Many bipolar medications can cause people with the disorder to have sexual dysfunction, and this is a problem at home.  In addition, a bipolar depressive episode can cause a decrease in sex, while a manic episode can cause an increase in sex.