Bipolar Tips for Families
Become as educated as possible on the different terms, symptoms, and causes of bipolar disorder
Talk to doctors and look for any possible warning signs of worsening condition.
Involve the entire family in assisting your loved one to cope with their disorder.
Maintain reasonable expectations concerning the recovery of your loved one.
In difficult situations, hospitalization may be the only answer.
Discourage the use of alcohol.
Be aware of your legal rights, as you may need to step in and assume control of your loved one’s finances should they spend money excessively potentially creating large amounts of debt.
Support groups can provide welcomed relief to both the caregiver and care recipient.
Spend quality time with your loved one, yet allow them some independence to regain their confidence in handling a daily routine.
Be prepared for any relapses that your loved one may encounter, recognize the reoccurring signs, and discuss further treatment options with their doctors.
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