Being a supporter of a loved one with bipolar disorder, I'm sure you're concerned about their well-being, especially when they go into episodes.  The best way to prevent their episodes is through the use of bipolar medications.  Without them, your loved one is in danger – they may even experience suicidal thoughts.


The statistics on bipolar disorder and suicide are staggering!


The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) says that 20% of people with bipolar disorder who are unmedicated, or go off their medication, will die!  That's one in five people – a very frightening statistic. 


I know that you don't want your loved one to die, so the best way to prevent their death is to keep them on their medication.  You don't want them to be like Deborah.


Deborah was a 44-year-old woman who was happily married to her husband of 21 years, and there were no problems in their marriage.


She was a self-made millionaire – she had started a very successful home-based business that had gone international, and she had the respect of all her clients.  In fact, they loved dealing with her, because of her positive attitude and endless energy!


Deborah was very close with her family as well.  Although she lived in a separate town than her mother and a separate state than her sister, she spoke to both of them every day.


She had everything that a person could want – a happy marriage, successful business, money, beautiful home, new car, friends, close family ties, etc.  More than that, though, Deborah was happy.  She had so much energy and a love for life!  She had so much love to give others, and everyone loved her in return.  She had no problems.


However, Deborah did have bipolar disorder.


She decided at one point that she didn't want to take her bipolar medication any more.  She was feeling great and she didn't think that she needed it, so she went off her medication.  She was fine for a few months.


Then one day, Deborah ran some errands, did some laundry, made some phone calls, and then took a gun and shot herself.


She left no suicide note.  There was nothing that led up to her suicide.  She did not show any suicidal behavior in the days or weeks before her action (such as getting her affairs in order), nor did she make any suicidal threats.


Her life was a normal, happy one.  This was a woman who had everything to live for and, from all appearances, certainly did not WANT to die!


There was nothing different on the day that Deborah killed herself.  In fact, it could have been just as normal a day for you, me, or anyone else – running errands, doing laundry, making phone calls…


However, there was one big difference.


Deborah had bipolar disorder, and she went off her medications.  As a result of that, she committed suicide.


This is a true story.  I did not make it up.  I'm not trying to be dramatic.  People die every day from going off their bipolar medications.  That is what makes the statistics true.


Medications for bipolar disorder not only keep people from going into episodes, but they save their lives as well.