Last week I did a post entitled “Supportive Catch Phrases That Make My Blood Boil.” It generated some great discussion, and I thank all of you who posted such insightful comments. Venting like this helps me keep a sense of humor when I’m feeling the sting, and many of your comments made me smile, some made me laugh, and a few made me think that maybe my feelings were misdirected.

A couple people were obviously upset. I noticed on our Facebook page that we lost a few people who previously “liked” the page. I’m sorry to see that, but I can understand why some people may have been turned off. It just goes to show that I’m not always the most sensitive person on the planet either.

However, it made me wonder… how could I possibly make this somewhat negative post into something more positive? What I’m thinking is that maybe we should provide some do’s for last week’s don’ts.

How have people responded to finding out about your bipolar disorder that made you feel good? A visit when you were in the hospital? A get-well card? Flowers? Helping you get through a particularly challenging time at work? Something someone said? How would you like to see people respond? What would you like to hear? What’s appropriate?

 


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APA Reference
Kraynak, J. (2010). What to Say to or Do for Someone with Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 16, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar/2010/09/what-to-say-to-or-do-for-someone-with-bipolar-disorder/

 

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