Facebook Pixel

Bipolar Disorder Support Tips for Caregivers

By HERWriter
Rate This
Mental Health related image Photo: Getty Images

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 10 million people in the U.S. are affected with bipolar disorder (BP). BP is also known as manic depression. The median age of BP is 25-years-old, and men and women are equally diagnosed with the disease.

There are two phases of the BP illness: the manic phase and the depressive phase. These cycles of highs and lows can last days or weeks.

It is very important for people with BP to seek proper treatment. Bipolar disorder can be treated with medications and regular therapy talk visits to a psychiatrist or support groups. Extreme cases of BP may include hallucinations or delusions. Also, bipolar disorder is associated with a high rate of suicide.

Like diabetes and hypertension, bipolar disorder can be difficult for family and friends. Family and friends have to manage a BP patient's behavioral issues which may include: severe depression, poor work or school issues, financial irresponsibility and frequent visits to medical professionals. The stress of your loved one’s disease can be exhausting mentally and physically.

A recent study states if a caregiver is under a great deal of stress, their loved one will have difficulty following a treatment plan. Here are some important tips to support your loved one who is affected with BP:

• Keeps tabs on your own mental health and take care of yourself. It is vital for caregivers to take care of themselves. To avoid burnout, set healthy boundaries. Take a timeout for yourself, even a vacation or two once a year. You are dealing with a great deal and you may need help processing your own feelings.

• Invite your friend or relative affected by BP out for positive distractions, such as walks and other activities. Sometimes just getting out of the house changes the perspective and mood of the BP patient.

• Find social support. Find sources of support such as a bipolar support group in your area.

• Research. Educate yourself about bipolar disorder. Also, learn about BP so you can understand what your friend or relative is experiencing. There are a variety of books, brochures and websites available on BP.

Add a Comment3 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

our daughter has bp and shes 15 in Pa. they won't trest her till 21 so what are we to do till then. She breaks things in the house, screams and yells for no reason and its diving up the house. Shes not happy till everyone is fighting with each other. What can we do' please give us some ideas ty

January 17, 2013 - 6:32pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

There may be a good quantities of buyers looking for the best retailers to obtain affordable Nike footscape sandals. These sneakers will be most trendy possibilities of comprar nike free nowadays. Kicks staff is without doubt one of the plugins places to come across them. Although, searching these items in any shops is almost certainly expensive to some parent. Even so some sockets that includes cheap Nike footscape trainers you'll be able to quickly practical experience the perfect trainers without trouble. Despite this unique, you should picking out the right Nike footscape trainers in your case or maybe family or friend. [url=http://www.cheapsalomonshoes.com]Salomon Shoes[/url] Although dresses are lovely and every women needs them, they do not really provide you with anything when it comes to the professional arena. Hence you need professional pants suits. They are classy and stylish and look professional when fitted properly. [url=http://www.salomon-outlet.com]Salomon Running Shoes[/url] However on smallest Vanilla is actually cool sensible? His clothing isolated is actually greatly some thing to see, (We wonder where ever he retains all individuals clothes upon his bicycle? )#) together with his strangely erect hair on your face, and I believe some movie to facilitate features a dead-serious Vanilla Glaciers spewing this kind of appearance because "Yo Kat. A few terminology associated with wisdom: Drop in order to facilitate nothing and understand using the hero" upon slightest warrants a appear. And We haven't actually mentioned the big event wherever Vanilla single-handedly leg techinques the garbage absent associated with rejection without than 5 armed jocks that bake the actual foolish misconstrue associated with messing together with his homeboy's bicycle. He is actually equally sensitive in their melting associated with Kathy's nucleus, which basically includes him travelling with being rejected shirt upon, discussion about the order associated with how "if you are living life instead of someone apart from, you isn't living", and generally acting weird and/or felony. This is actually very soon the end of the actual iceberg. There are so much more monster beats by dre headphones times of unintended hilarity to find out.

June 6, 2013 - 4:22am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

She's been diagnosed and not treated? That makes no sense. There are treatment facilities in PA. Speak with her physician about referral to a psychiatrist for a med evaluation. The sooner she is treated the better the outcome if she adheres to the treatment regimen. Medication is the core treatment for this disorder optimally combined with cognitive behavioral therapy.

January 17, 2013 - 10:51pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.