Summary: If someone develops a chronic mental disorder, it is hard to inform them about the same. However, it is very important for the sufferer to know and understand their condition in order to get better sooner. Patience is the key to dealing with bipolar patients.
Life is never the same for anyone. It is always full of ups and downs. Your normal life may sometimes get heavy jerks when you find out that someone close to you is suffering from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, by no means, is an easy disease to get diagnosed. However, certain strong symptoms like extreme depression, panic attacks, aggression, insane violence, self-destructive attitude, mood swings, etc., are some common and early symptoms that indicate bipolar disorder. If you find that someone in your family is going through this severe mental condition, the first step even before seeking a doctor is convincing the patient.
Informing the Patient about Bipolar Symptoms
The most interesting feature of this illness known as bipolar disease is that the patient feels nothing wrong about it. It is the toughest part to inform the patient about his/her mental condition. Hallucinations will be real for them and aggression as normal as anything else. In such a scenario, love and patience are the only two ways of making the patient understand that something is seriously wrong. This should be a very smooth process, as the patient may not be able to handle the stress of suffering from such a mysterious disease. The first step to inform a family member about his/her illness is striking an honest conversation with them about their changed attitude in life.
People may possibly argue about how it is possible to strike a sane conversation with the bipolar patients, as they get aggressive and violent very easily. Well, this is why love and patience are the only two ways. When you strike a conversation, make sure that you do not jump to a conclusion straight away. Start with regular stuff and then slightly deviate the topic towards aggression and mood swings. Make the person see the bar of aggression from what it used to be in the past. The patient may go crazy while you try and focus on his/her aggressive behavior, but deal with all of it. Use the same aggression to make him/her realize that the behavior is not normal. Do it in a concerned and calm manner as arguments will only worsen the situation. This conversation will certainly push the patient to realize that this behavior is new and different from what it used to be and certainly not normal.
Once this realization comes, it becomes a little easier to inform him/her about the disorder. After the situation is calm again, very politely interrogate about a few things from the patient. Ask certain questions like does he/she gets too joyous and too depressed in a fraction of a second? Does he/she feel angry and irritated most of the time without a reason? If the answer to these questions is yes, it is time to seek a doctor as early as possible. This is because such high level mood swings that you are happy a minute ago and you start crying a minute after are clear indications of bipolar disorder. With these questions, you will also get a clear indication about the severity of the disease.
The next step is to discuss with the patient that he/she may be suffering from a disease named bipolar disorder. Despite initial disagreement from the patient’s side, inform him/her about the symptoms in bipolar. This will create a notion in their mind that you might be right about their aggressive behavior. Convince them that this disorder can get better and they’ll be fine very soon. Your compassion, commitment, love and sacrifice can get back your loved one in a normal mental state once again. All you need to do is educate yourself about bipolar disorder and its symptoms. It will help you in dealing with the sufferer in every situation.