Hints for carers living with Bipolar disorder:
People with the Bipolar disorder are reluctant to admit there is a problem and are resistant to seeking help. As a caregiver you must understand the symptoms and the ramifications of the disorder. If it goes untreated you must HELP them find treatment for their illness.
You must be prepared to deal with the extreme mood swings that your loved one demonstrates, and be understanding throughout the behavioral changes, and always expect the unexpected and deal with it appropriately and sensibly.
You must be willing to deal with the situation appropriately should hospitalization be needed. Your loved one may be reluctant to go into the hospital.
If possible, have your family support you in seeking help for your loved one, and the right physician can lead you to other mental health specialists.
Assist your loved one if they need rides and someone to set up doctor appointments.
Constant assistance and support should always be given, because this is not a situation that will go away overnight. It may require several forms of treatment before any positive signs are evident.
Ask your loved one for their advice on how they feel and what they would like to see happen when and if the symptoms of disorder return.