Summary: Bipolar disorder is a serious mental condition where the patient is subjected to sudden depression attacks. It is difficult to deal with bipolar patients. However, by understanding the symptoms of this disorder, you can handle a family member suffering from the same.

Bipolar disorder causes heavy mood fluctuations. If you have a family member suffering from this disease, you will have to deal with the situation patiently. People suffering from bipolar disorder feel extreme depression at times. They get furious over small issues and find it hard to forget things. Such people become pessimistic in life and extreme situations can lead to violent behavior as well. Bipolar disorder destroys the mental balance of the patient. Under depression attacks, such people become self-destructive. They hallucinate and become violent. Thus, the first thing that you need to understand is that bipolar patients are not a danger for anyone else but them. They are not murderers, but they become suicidal. This is the first thing that you must understand in order to help a family member suffering from this disorder.

Dealing with Bipolar Patients

The first tip to dealing with people suffering from bipolar disorder is treating them normally. They might perceive your extra care irrationally. This can cause huge mood swings in bipolar patients. Thus, treat them normally and create a happy atmosphere around them. Negativity spreads inside these patients; thus, spreading strong positive energy around them is the first tip to handling them. This will transform their mood from tense to light. In lighter mood, these patients are as normal as you. So do not allow a stressful atmosphere to develop in your house. This can further aggravate the depression in patients, which can lead to suicidal tendencies.

Do not let them stick to a single place. In other words, take them out frequently. Do things that keep them happy. Engaging the bipolar patients in some work that they relish is a good way of keeping them busy and happy. Place change can do wonders at times. Help them in getting fresh air and take them out on mild walks in the morning and evenings.

A word of caution, do not leave the bipolar patients alone. If you find symptoms of extreme palpitation developing in them, immediately seek your doctor. Understand the difference between love and sympathy. Love your family member suffering from this disorder, but do not sympathize. Sympathy can sometimes increase the anger and frustration level. Offer the needed space. Not leaving the patient alone doesn’t mean that you should kill his/her space in life. Offer them the needed space but still be close to them.

Strike a communication with them if you find them empty. Leaving them alone and empty can increase the hallucination susceptibility. If they hallucinate and inform you about the same, do not argue and listen to them patiently, until they are calm. Strike a logical conversation only when they are in a sane condition. If you force your opinion that they are hallucinating, you will increase the fury and aggression in them. The bipolar medicines too can take a toll sometimes. These are heavy medicines that cause early discomfort. Educate the patient about his/her condition and make him/her realize the importance of those medicines. Increase their love towards life. Engage them in some noble causes. This will offer a lot of mental peace.

Above all, educate yourself to deal with the aggressive behavior of the patient. Do not argue with them and avoid debates. Be around them and let them have their needful privacy at the same time. Accept their disease before you try and convince them about accepting their mental condition. It is extremely important for you to keep them happy.

Lastly, never take their hallucinations lightly. Hallucinations are very late stages of bipolar disease. The next stage is suicidal tendencies. Thus, if the patient develops minor hallucinations or suicidal tendencies, rush them to the doctor immediately.