Summary: Bipolar disorder makes people prone to depression, panic attacks, hallucination and much more. This disease is difficult for the patient as well as the people around him/her. However, certain tips can help you in dealing better with the bipolar patients.
Are you living with someone who is suffering from bipolar disease in your family? Is your close friend, relative or neighbor suffering from bipolar disorder? If yes, you need to deal with the person carefully in order to keep things pleasant for him/her. Certain small tips can help you in getting yourself prepared to deal with crisis and odd situations that are an outcome of bipolar disease.
Tips to Handle Bipolar Patients
The first tip is communication. Communicating with bipolar patients is the best way of handling them under panic situations. Strike a conversation as soon as you feel that the patient is not at ease. Find out what makes him/her uncomfortable and aggressive. Conversing with bipolar patients normally is very essential. Do not lose your calm while trying to strike a conversation. This might further deteriorate the condition of the patient. Do not get interrogative, as the patient may not like it and turn violent. Strike a very friendly and casual communication. Make the patient comfortable in talking with you.
The second tip to handle bipolar patients is keeping them involved. Depression is the major risk that bipolar patients are prone to. Bipolar depressive symptoms can be seen in the form of seclusion, emptiness, pessimism and heavy mood swings. Thus, the best way to keep the bipolar patients away from depression is keeping them busy in something they love. This makes them feel normal most of the time. This is a very good way of making the patients feel proud and good.
The third tip of handling bipolar patients is avoiding fights. Any kind of violence around such patients will cause a negative impact on their mind. This will pressurize their brain and they might start feeling anxious. It leads to panic attacks that cause depression. Depression can lead to hallucinations which are scary for the patients. Eventually, the patient can try to commit suicide out of fear. Hence, any kind of violence is like an igniter for the self-destructive fuel in the minds of bipolar patients. Therefore, do not drag them into any argument. Also, keep them away from such an environment that is depressive and negative.
The fourth and very successful tip of dealing with bipolar patients is trying to understand them. Such people find it very hard to accept their disease. In such a situation, they look forward to getting some support and assistance from someone close to them. Bipolar disorder is a very strange mental condition that develops a feeling of guilt within the patients. If they get someone whom they can look up to, the situation doesn’t get out of control. Thus, be that one person upon whom they can count. Assure them that you understand them. Guide them through darkness in order to make them understand that they need not to be ashamed of their behavior. This suppresses the guilt factor and the patients remain stress free.
Yet another tip to deal with bipolar people is spending quality time with them. Do not make them feel like they are sick. They are physically fine and make them feel happy mentally. Spend time with them, hang out with them at parties, take them out to movies and introduce them to new people who are full of liveliness. Bipolar patients need happiness and positivity badly. We, as humans, absorb a lot from our immediate surroundings. The same remains true for bipolar patients as well. They absorb a lot from the kind of environment they are exposed to. Thus, always expose them to positive environments so that they absorb a lot of positivity. Positivity is very necessary alongside proper medication in bipolar disease. All these tips will help you in making the disease less dangerous for bipolar patients.