Learning as much as you can about bipolar disorder will help you cope with this disorder. There are steps that …Read the Rest
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Above all, remember, you are not alone. Many people have feelings or experiences like these at some time in their …Read the Rest
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Chances are if you have any of these symptoms you have probably already been told that you have a psychiatric …Read the Rest
Family members and close friends should be supportive and willing to listen to their loved one who is ill talk about his or her feelings. As caregivers, they too need support and the opportunity to talk to people who understand and can help. It is common for both the person living with the illness and family members to experience grief because of the drastic changes in their lives and the trauma that previous episodes may have caused. Family and friends find it easier to handle this sometimes frustrating illness if they learn what is possible with good treatment, stay positive about the future, become partners in the process of recovery, and accept and respect whatever level of wellness their loved one attains.
As people become familiar with their illness, they recognize their own unique patterns of behavior. If individuals recognize these signs and seek effective and timely care, they can often prevent relapses. Individuals who live with bipolar disorder also benefit tremendously from taking responsibility for their own recovery. Once the illness is adequately managed, they must monitor side effects, changes in mood, and changes in lifestyle. The health care provider and consumer should be able to discuss, with respect for each other, changes in medication, dose, or any other aspect of fine-tuning treatment.