Summary: Bipolar disorder can affect anyone – even adults. Having a bipolar spouse puts theother in the position of being the caretaker. If a husband is the one with bipolar disorder, theresponsibility falls to the wife to hold things together during the tough times and deal with it –they don’t have the luxury of giving in to their fears. The reality for many people is that the focusis more on caring for the sufferer – not the caregiver. Some relationships may not be able toweather such turmoil – with outside help and understanding between partners, not only can theperson get better, families can stay intact as well.Coping Tips and Techniques:
  • Go to a therapist – professional help is always a good idea especially through the tough periods.
  • Accompany your spouse to a few of the therapy sessions to get an idea of what is going on. Talk to the therapist and get ideas on care. Being interactive in the care process is good.
  • When one’s partner is in a good mental state, this is a good time to talk to them about your needs and issues. A gentle reminder and discussion will go a long way in helping them see things from a different perspective.
  • Do research and find out more about the illness so that you can cope better with the condition.
  • Make sure to monitor the medication schedule – first to see if they are taking it and second, to see how it is helping them. This way, no doses are missed.
  • Little things like sleeping in or taking a bath helps deal with stress and some time to calm down.
  • If hospitalization is needed, make sure to keep in touch with the nurses about their condition and progress.
  • Get an off-ward pass and take your spouse out to a public place like a park so that they feel better about themselves.
  • It is important to keep a good perspective and laugh. Laughter is good therapy.
  • What one has to remember as well is that help is available – so don’t hesitate to reach out, ask for and receive it.