Dating a bipolar sufferer
PDF | More info sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder characterized by extreme changes in moods.
It is an illness that not only affects the individual but their family and friends as well.
Living with a person who has bipolar disorder involves learning how to cope with the difficulties that symptoms can create, supporting the person who is ill, and finding effective ways to cope.
Depending on the nature of an individual’s illness and how well the illness is managed, the family can be affected in a variety of ways.
When mood swings are mild, the family may experience some distress but, over time and with education about mental illness, they can learn to live with the demands of the illness.
Caring for someone with more severe symptoms can be very stressful for the family, especially if they are not given the opportunity to develop the skills needed to cope with mental illness.
It can be exhausting, especially for families with young children.
Family members may experience a variety of emotions as they learn to come to terms with having someone who has bipolar disorder. What is important is how you handle these emotions.
Families sometimes feel they have lost the person they knew.However, having a mental illness such as bipolar disorder does not mean that the person cannot live a successful, happy life.What it means is that the individual and their family now have a new challenge to face.Families also worry about their loved one, as a manic episode can cause a person to behave in a dangerous and/or risky manner.One way to help reduce this worry is to develop a plan for how the family will manage in difficult times.