4 thoughts on “Supporting Someone with Bipolar Disorder

  • January 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Nice article. I’ve been married for 32 years to a man with bipolar disorder. Your advice was spot on. I keep telling myself that he is NOT his depression or irritability. I have to remember to love the person underneath all of that, and I have learned to have patience most of all (I didn’t have it in the eary days).

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  • January 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I to have a very supportive significant other who helps and understands. It makes the world of difference. I don’t think I’d be half as well without her. My hat goes off to those that can do it alone, willingly or not. It must be much harder.

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  • January 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Great article! It’s so ironic that I always swore I’d never get romantically involved with someone else who also has bipolar illness. Never say never!

    I am now engaged to a man who also has bipolar illness. We first met at a support group, then we became tight platonic friends for about three years. We could talk about anything and everything. We helped one another through various crises.

    Now, we’re engaged to be married! I don’t know when due to other, different issues, but one of these days 😉

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  • February 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Elaina thank you for your blog and please continue to give as much info as you can on the practical ways of HOW to support the person you live with who lives with this illness. Your perspective really helps us who feel a little bit helpless.

    It is very hard (at times) to separate the person you love from the illness which takes over and changes them. It is hard to support someone when there is no solution you can put forward, or when all suggestions are rejected. And it’s hard when it keeps going on and on, or off and on, up and down.
    That’s why your writing helps, it lets us who live with it daily remember that the sufferer suffers most and most importantly that it is not their fault. I have lived with my partner through 15 years of recurring depression episodes so I know this but still need constant reminding. It is all that gets me through it and we hopefully remain strong. Love, patience and good health to all.

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