Caring for someone with bipolar disorder can be very hard, whether you’re a partner, parent, child, or friend of someone who has this condition. But their behavior may affect you, and you have to take care of yourself and your needs, not just theirs. Don’t dismiss all of their emotions and feelings as signs of their illness. Some research shows that it’s helpful to have a regular routine. You want to be supportive and empathetic, because you know the person with bipolar disorder isn’t to blame for their illness. Don't assume that you know what he or she is going through. Because bipolar disorder is an unpredictable illness, you should plan for bad times. Agree with your loved one about what to do if their symptoms get worse. If you both know what to do and what to expect of each other, you'll feel more confident about the future. If you live with someone who has bipolar disorder, encourage them to stick to a schedule for sleep and other daily activities.The good news is that most people with bipolar disorder can stabilize their moods with proper treatment, medication, and support—and you can play a significant role in your loved one’s recovery. I was 18 years old, pregnant, scared, and lonely when I met my now-husband.The moods and behaviors of a person with bipolar disorder affect everyone around—especially family members and close friends.
Think about seeing a therapist on your own or joining a support group for other people who are close to someone who has bipolar disorder.When I first met him he was pretty open with me about his illness, he told me everything about how he was and how he can be very mean and angry at times.At the time I couldn't see a problem, but after being with him for a... He yells at me if something isn't right or I'm not doing something his way.Here’s what you need to know: Even if you understand mental illness (I was already struggling with anxiety and depression when my husband was diagnosed), you don’t know what it’s going to look like in a particular person.There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.