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Taking Care of YOU When Your Loved One is Psychiatrically Hospitalized

There are allot of instructions out there and allot of people who are happy to tell you what to do to support your loved one when he or she is psychiatrically hospitalized; But what about you? You might be feeling a little like your life has been turned upside down. How do you move through the multiple forces in your outer life, balance the multiple forces and emotions within you, while managing to stay focused on everything that you need to you? Caregiving can be the most challenging of all endeavors.


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Helping During the Psychiatric Hospital Stay

You may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, or even depressed yourself if your loved one needs to be hospitalized. If you are not used to experiencing these events in your life, you may feel like you are the one in crisis. It is never easy to see our loved one suffer or to feel helpless to ease that suffering. There is hope. There is definitely hope for your...


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Psychiatric Hospitalization

How to Know When Hospitalization is Best

Making the decision for yourself or for someone that you love about getting inpatient psychiatric hospitalization can be very difficult. If you are experiencing life as extremely out of control due to either yours, or your loved ones symptoms of bipolar and you have exhausted other treatment options including enhanced outpatient treatment, changing medications if appropriate, and following identified interventions in your wellness and recovery plan, hospitalization might be necessary in order to help you or your loved one regain stability.


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Psychiatric Hospitalization

How to Help

This post is about how and why to be involved with the care of your loved one, when he or she is being treated in a Psychiatric Hospital. The idea is to create a presence of family oversight, involvement and contribution that will be noticed by your loved one’s treatment team while also helping your loved one to feel supported through his or her recovery process. The why may be seem obvious to many. If you are able to connect with your loved one’s treatment care team, you will be able to contribute valuable information that will likely benefit your loved one by ensuring the best care.


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Parent Self Care

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.


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Treating the Bipolar Child

How to Help Your Young One

If you suspect that your child has bipolar disorder, you may be feeling confused, helpless, and overwhelmed.  You may be wondering how the family dynamics will be affected.  You may be assessing the changes that you will be making in your life and wondering how or what you will do.  You may be worried that you wont know how to support your child.  The good news is, most families fare well when they reach out for support.  Here are a few tips on how to do that, and what you can do to help your child who you suspect has bipolar disorder.


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Sifting Through the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Children

Parents with children who are expressing behavioral problems can be confusing to their parents. When sorting out the issues and determining whether or not your child has actual bipolar disorder can be a very difficult process. There are so many possibilities that you will want to rule out.


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Helping your Loved One Recover


Eight Things You Can Do To Help

Feelings of low self esteem and unworthiness can creep into your loved ones mind and heart; especially if they are recovering from a manic state and have done things that are out of character. The extreme highs and extreme lows of manic depressive illness can be devastating.  It is always another journey to regain balance once against for an individual who is actively suffering from bipolar; this is especially true for the individual who has not yet found the correct combination of lifestyle and medications to manage his or her symptoms. Here are eight things you can do to help your loved one recover from an episode:


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Healing the Hurt


Feeling Rejected and Misunderstood

Do you sometimes feel as if no one really understands what you are going through when you are facing the aftermath of a manic episode? Do you wonder if your friends and family even care to understand? Are they angry with you, blaming you? Are you feeling a deep sense of failure and shame? This can happen, and these kinds of feelings can be devastating and debilitating. You can recover and feel confident again.


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Bipolar Relationship Repair

You do have a partner who has been hurt by your behaviors? It happens sometimes. Manic episodes often invite confusion an inability to understand what someone is saying, and risky behaviors. Loved ones may perceive the person who is suffering from mania as illogical, self centered, rude, hurtful, or unreasonable. These events can leave loved ones angry, upset, and confused about the person who has experienced the episode.