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Relationship Survival Tips for Bipolar Disorder

Relationship Survival Tips for Bipolar Disorder

Relationship Survival Tips for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can put a strain on any relationship, but these survival tips will help you stay together and work through the problems. Mental health disorders can be unpredictable, so being flexible is essential, I know!

Let Go of the Guilt

Guilt does not belong in any healthy relationship. Unfortunately, dealing with a loved one who is suffering from bipolar disorder can lead to feelings of guilt. Many caretakers and family members feel guilty if they are enjoying an evening out alone. They wonder if they did the right thing in whatever decisions they have made regarding circumstances that have resulted from family or friends bipolar behavior.  They also question how much they have helped and believe they are not doing enough. Guilt can lead to resentment, so it is important to work out issues before they become more serious.

Understand Anosognosia

Anosognosia refers to patients refusing to recognize they are suffering from a mental health disorder. Loved ones suffering from bipolar disorder often have anosognosia and will not accept their diagnosis or if they do accept it they refuse to take or follow through with medication that may be needed.  This can lead to many problems in a relationship. It is important not to face these battles alone and get help from medical professionals, friends and other family members. You may want to use MRI brain scans, which are considered a dependable way to test for the disorder, to help the bipolar patient understand the condition.

Let Go of the Myths

Unfortunately, myths such as love can heal everything or thinking about the disorder can make it go away are harmful to relationships. Another common myth is that bipolar disorder patients can easily control their condition with more effort.  Unfortunately bipolar is one the harder mental illnesses to be controlled simply because in a manic phase, they person enjoys the high it gives them and they do not want that feeling to go away.  It is important to focus on realistic goals for the relationship and your partner.

Take Time to Care for Yourself

A loved one with mental health issues can make you forget to take time off for yourself. You will be able to help your partner better if you are refreshed and relaxed. From scheduling an evening out with friends at your favorite restaurant to taking a walk by yourself on a new trail, you need to find activities that help you unwind.   Trust me,  if you can’t unwind it will be very difficult to work on your relationship.

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  1. 1
    Randy Fulgham

    very intereting post—-thanks for sharing

    1. 1.1
      Colleen

      Thanks Randy. I’m dealing with this in my life and people just don’t talk about it.

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    molli vandehey

    thanks this is really appreciated and personal to me

    1. 2.1
      Colleen

      Your welcome Molli.

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    rhonda

    My daughters husband is bipolar so I found this very interesting

    1. 3.1
      Colleen

      I hope you found it helpful rhonda.

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    Karen Glatt

    Thanks for the tips about how to deal with bipolar disorder. I have a family member with this disorder and I am so glad that he takes his pills everyday. He is like a different person and I can get along with him when he takes care of himself. Thanks for the tips.

    1. 4.1
      Colleen

      Karen I am just learning myself as a family member was newly diagnosed with manic bipolar. I agree about the staying on meds. I think that is the only thing that will help people with bipolar disorder.

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    Marcy Meyer

    What a great article. This could really be helpful for someone else in this situation.

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    Kerry Duchesneau

    Thank you for this post. My significant other suffers from Bi-Polar Disorder and it can be very trying at times. I myself suffer from Major Depression, anxiety, and panic attack disorder. Sometimes I wish he could understand and I wish I could talk to him but I am learning to read his mood and mental state better to decide when it is a good time and when it is not. Unfortunately medication is not a magic bullet, it does lessen the episodes and help to contain them some but every day is still a gamble.

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      Colleen

      Kerry hang in there. I’ve been lucky that so far medication has helped my friend with Bipolar. But as you say every day is a gamble and I’m never at ease.

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    jemdreamz1214

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing this will be great for me. It seems everyone back home is starting to be diagnosed with bi polar. After being gone for 12 years and moving back I would like to restart some lovely relationships and I think these tips will help a lot. Thank you

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      Colleen

      Thanks for sharing jemdreamz

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    justwin4once

    I have bipolar 2, but after being diagnosed I realize my mother had bipolar 1. At the time it was always diagnosed as depression, but I now see the manic episodes happened also. Luckily I have a very patient husband who recognizes when I am having problems and will help me by talking me through them. We also know some of my triggers and have plans to work around them. I am also lucky that my family is open about mental disorders and will talk about them.

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    Amber Ludwig

    Such a greuling and exahausrting disease for those afflicted and those in relationships with the afflicted!! It really tugs on every emotion!! These are great tips!! Especially the taking time for yourself!!

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      Colleen

      Yes I learned the hard way. It’s a must to take time for yourself or you are no good to them or you 🙂

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    Rosie

    Thank you for the info. A long time ago, I was wondering if bipolar was just an excuse for a bad temper, but as I learned more, I realized there was more to it. I didn’t know an MRI helps to diagnose it. I never heard of Anosognosia before, I’m sure that is a common problem!!

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