Care for Yourself
There is allot involved in the care of a child who is diagnosed with bipolar. Supporting your child requires changing your own expectations of what home life should be like, working through disappointments and processing grief as you may feel some loss of hopes and dreams, and making enormous adjustments to your own daily life routine. Much of this is not talked about, and often parents feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit that they even have feelings that they need to work through. However, working through all of these feelings and emotions about having a child diagnosed with bipolar is both healthy, and necessary. In fact, it is in the best interest of your child for you to find a safe place and a healthy way to work through this issue. With that said, dump any notion that there is any shame or embarrassment here. Join the fight against stigma, and seize this moment to open to a new and wondrous journey. As you move through your feelings and emotions while adjusting to a life that you had not imagined; you will also want to engage in parent self care often.