When bipolar enters the marriage, here’s 7 tips on where to start:
#1 Know what you’re dealing with
For both spouses, the diagnosis itself may come as a relief to finally have an answer and explanation for the confusion of ever-changing moods. It’s also likely the start of a solid treatment plan and the chance for relief for both spouses living with symptoms. However, a diagnosis of a potentially-destructive and life-long illness is not for the faint of heart and will take some getting use to the big picture.
#2 Educate yourself
The more you learn, the better you will be able to help your loved one. You need to know what you’re dealing with. Educate yourself about this brain illness, what to expect with symptoms and the various treatments. Many caregivers need even basic information about what’s happening with their loved one. There are numerous resources, both in print and online to learn about bipolar.
#3 Adopt the right attitude
How you see things does matter. With the amount of stigma and discrimination that exist in society at large, the last thing a patient needs is misguided thinking coming from family and friends. More support is needed, not more shame. The more your response is based on reality and not on myths, the more your support can make a difference.
#4 Make peace with the illnessRead the entire article at:
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