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Supporting someone with bipolar disorder begins by understanding what bipolar disorder is, including its symptoms and treatment options. Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition whose symptoms include marked mood changes that lead to impairments or negative interruptions in daily living. More than simple mood swings, bipolar disorder symptoms like mania or depression can last for days or even months. When not treated effectively, people with bipolar disorder may find that their symptoms lead to interferences in their work or school performance, as well as conflicts in their relationships and a decreased ability to take care of themselves.
There are four types of bipolar disorder, including Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Cyclothymia, and unspecified or other types of bipolar disorder. Diagnosis depends on the type of mood episodes experienced, and mental health professionals place mood episodes within these four categories:
HOW TO HELP:
1.Learn as much as you can about bipolar disorder
2.Be involved and compassionate
3.Discuss how to have hard conversations before they need to happen
4.Collaborate with them on action plans
5.Be an extra set of eyes
6.Find ways to take care of yourself
Often, bipolar disorder is misdiagnosed, as its symptoms can be similar to other health or mental health conditions. On top of knowing the key symptoms of bipolar disorder, it can be helpful to also know about common treatments for bipolar disorder. Commonly, people with bipolar disorder work with a psychiatrist to find the right medication and dosage to manage their moods and symptoms. Many people with bipolar disorder also regularly meet with a therapist and benefit from therapy approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A cure for bipolar disorder has not yet been discovered, but many evidence-based strategies and medications can lessen the severity of symptoms — allowing individuals with bipolar disorder to live stable, happy and fulfilling lives.
6 Ways To Support A Loved One With Bipolar Disorder. (2023, September 12). The Couch: A Therapy & Mental Wellness Blog. https://blog.zencare.co/6-ways-to-support-a-loved-one-with-bipolar-disorder/