How do these symptoms affect the loved ones of these people? Parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers see these individuals pass between depression and mania, and they see what a toll it takes on them.
One of the realities for the loved ones is they begin to understand that they cannot expect the person to always be consistent; they know the mood and behavior can significantly change.
It's true that individuals with bi-polar disorder must remain vigilant (and their loved ones can be drawn into this care-taker role), but the experience of living with bi-polar disorder doesn't have to be an interminable roller coaster. I really cant help it as much as I wish Icould because I hate feeling this way.
People who have Bipolar Disorder often have a hard time sleeping.It's not unusual for someone unmedicated with this disorder to be up for two or three days straight because their mind and body simply won't let them sleep.Just as Depression is one example of a mood disorder, Bipolar Disorder is another.The situation is often the most difficult for the loved ones who live in the same house as the person with Bipolar Disorder.Feel free to check out my book on relationships, While there is a lot of truth in this article, it seems to speak to people who are in the earliest phases of addressing a bi-polar diagnosis, or people who have trouble managing their disorder.
I don't want to down-play any of the serious issues raised here, however, as someone who has lived with bi-polar disorder for over thirteen years, I think it's also important to provide some hope for family members and for people who are coming to terms with the diagnosis.I'm happy to say that after a few years of struggle, I was able to find the right medication, balanced with self-care (including sleep, exercise, and diet), that has allowed me to thrive personally and professionally.The support of family, friends, and therapists made it possible for me to reclaim my life after two hospitalizations.Paint, draw, create something even if it's just scratches on the paper.You will be in more pain trying to fight who you naturally are, but stay safe and stay healthy.The trademark of Bipolar Disorder is a major mood imbalance.