Bipolar Disorder Articles and Stories

Relationships and Bipolar Disorder




    (Page 4 of 6)    « Prev  2  3  
    4
      5  6  Next »

    Vicious cycles are often found to play an important role in a variety of everyday psychological problems, but especially in bipolar disorder.  This is when one thing leads to another and then back again.  For example, in alcoholics, one drink may lead to another and another, and afterward they feel ashamed or depressed, only to use that as an excuse to start drinking again. Then it's like a vicious cycle, repeating itself.

    "I want to die," or words like it, are probably the most frightening words a bipolar supporter will ever hear.  You should already be aware that thinking about suicide, or even actually attempting it, is a part of bipolar disorder.  However, that knowledge may not help when you are actually facing the situation.

    In addition to the regular ways that you show support for your loved one, you may have to "step up" your efforts during the stressful holiday season.  There are many practical ways to support your loved one.

    The term "assertiveness" has often been thought of as being pushy, rude, or aggressive in order to get your own way.  However, the term really refers to being able to express yourself and get your needs met without being pushy, rude, or aggressive.  As a supporter to a loved one with bipolar disorder, you need to be assertive with your loved one.

    Living with someone who has bipolar disorder can be difficult, to say the least.  It can also be frustrating, disappointing, discouraging, and any number of other negative adjectives.  If you base your own feelings on your loved one's successes and failures, you can have more negative feelings (and even physical ailments) because of it, because you may fall into the trap of blaming yourself.  Just remember: It's ok not to know what to do.

    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.

     

    “Romancing your spouse?”  Ok, I can already hear you yelling at me!  I know, it’s a strange concept, but hear me out.  Some of the longest-running marriages have lasted because of this very concept.

    I know that anger is a huge problem for people dealing with bipolar disorder.  How do I know?  Not just because I'm a supporter myself or because my mom has it, but because I get TONS of emails on just this subject.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are just two days out of the year. Just two days. However, the days before and after these two days, and the events surrounding them, are more than that. They can become an entire season meaning a whole lot of stress for your loved one.
    One of the biggest problems I am asked about is supporters wanting to know why their loved one gets so angry, and what they can do about it.  This is a common concern from supporters of loved ones with bipolar disorder, so if you are struggling with this problem, know that you are not alone.
    (Page 4 of 6)    « Prev  2  3  
    4
      5  6  Next »