Summary: You must take correct care of persons suffering from bipolar disorder. You should not be complacent or laid back. Study this particular disorder and understand fully well how to deal with it.
Do you know somebody who has been diagnosed recently with bipolar disorder? You may be feeling that you need not spend any time with her/him since you cannot understand that person’s moods any longer. However, as you are not a professional psychiatrist, you may be distancing yourself from that individual. This may ruin your relationship. You need to know what this disorder actually is. You have to understand how essential it is to have a network of support groups for individuals that are diagnosed with this kind of mental disorder. You need to have lot of patience when dealing with such persons.
How to Deal with People Suffering from Bipolar Disorder
It is observed that much of the time, people having this particular disorder experience varying mood swings. The extent of such mood changes depends on the degree of this disorder. Usually they experience extreme lows and highs in their moods swings. There have been instances when they make bad decisions during those times. Later they dwell upon the consequences. It is very tough to deal with such extreme moods. However, you must realize that they are not doing this deliberately. They require all the support and love especially during such phases of their life. You may do these things to aid a person suffering with bipolar disorder.
You must not be very complacent. Perhaps it may have been quite some time between two episodes. The person may have been stable for quite some time. However, you must not become complacent. This can land the person in danger. It is never a question of whether they will have another episode; it is a question of when. If the person has another episode when you are off guard you will be not be prepared. You must not believe that this can be "fixed" on its own or "blow over" by itself. This attitude indicates complacency as well as denial.
First and foremost, you must study regarding this specific disorder. You must educate yourself about its symptoms and the possible things you may do to aid a person suffering from this type of behavioral problem. You must understand that these mood alterations are not the end of the world for them. Learning proper education about the disorder and consuming the right medicines helps the person surpass everything. The person can get past the disorder. If you have got sufficient time, you can inform the person that you are ready to accompany her/him to a doctor for getting started with the treatment.
Such a move provides you a chance to know more about this behavioral problem which the person is undergoing. In addition, this person shall also feel that someone is ready to spend time and help her/him. You will have to keep your emotions under control when you are dealing with such persons. You must have tolerance when you are near them. It is essential that you provide them with all the understanding and love they need. Even they do not intend to behave this way.
Helping a person having bipolar disorder may take its toll on you. However, understand that this person wants your support more than anything. Spend more time in their company and assist them to get their life back to a normal state. You may make a huge difference not only in this person’s life having this disorder, but even act as a motivation for other people supporting bipolar individuals as there is always a hope that they will be better. While you deal with people with bipolar disorder, you must be very strong since you may also feel drained by what is happening around you.