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    If you live with someone who has bipolar disorder, then you probably already know the difficulties and challenges of distinguishing between being a supporter and being a partner.  Both positions are hard to be in, but even harder unless you have balance between the two.  You need to help your loved one be more independent.

    According to an article published in the June 29, 2010, issue of the Vancouver Sun,[1] a University of B.C. professor says that, although there is generally no need to be frightened of someone in a manic episode, within a small group of people with bipolar disorder who experience aggressive thoughts, a few can become violent during a manic episode.


    [1] http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Bipolar+patients+become+violent+prof+says/3214878/story.html#ixzz0tUDNI0tG

    If you are questioning yourself and whether or not you are being a good supporter to your loved one, perhaps it is because you are making this one crucial mistake:  you are comparing yourself to others.  Do not compare yourself to others, as it does not give you an accurate picture of yourself as a supporter anyway.

    Have you been struggling with strange, even negative, thoughts and feelings that may even frighten you to the point that you wonder if maybe there is something wrong with you?  Well, let me assure you that other bipolar supporters have thought and felt these same things, and you are  normal.

    If you have allowed your life to be changed due to your loved one's diagnosis of bipolar disorder to the degree that you no longer do the things you used to do, or live the way you used to live, then you could be letting bipolar disorder overwhelm you, and that would be wrong.

    According to an article on the ABC News website,[1] there is the "old Sherry" and the "new Sherry" -- the depressed girl who had electroshock treatment after two suicide attempts, and the woman who learned to make a commitment to living.


    [1] http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/subtle-suicide-claims-risk-takers-drug-abusers/story?id=10771630

    At this period and time, the mood stabilizers for those with bipolar disorder are the old standby lithium and the newer divalproex sodium. The two medications have proven to help many patients, but a large group of those patients with bipolar disorder have experienced problems from the side effects.
    Mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be crippling to the patient and family, who have not found success in treatment. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder require lifelong treatment and therapy. New discoveries will help bring aid to the individuals with mental illnesses.
    Bipolar disorder was known as manic depressive disorder or manic depression - a serious mental illness that can damage relationships, careers, and is an illness that can lead to risky behavior with suicidal tendencies if it's not treated properly. Bipolar disorder may be characterized by extreme changes in mood - from mania to depression. The mood may swing to intensive episodes or experience natural moods of normality.
    Every day of my life, the image of my best friend from college laying in his bed dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head haunts me. The image of his sister opening his bedroom door to find him lying in a pool of his own blood is unshakeable. I always think about what her face must have looked like, what thoughts were going through her mind, how she felt and how she and his family feel now.
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