Bipolar: Support for the family and friends
Family and friends trying to support the client with bipolar will find it challenging. First these individuals will also need to take care of themselves in order to help the bipolar client. When additional assistance is needed, they should seek help as needed.
Supporting a bipolar individual, the family and friends need to assist in adhering to meal and bedtimes. Understand that the bipolar individual will need to keep their routine to maintain their mental health status.
Listen and allow the individual to express themselves. Understand the trigger symptoms that may divert the individual into depression or a manic episode.
Focus on positive distractions and activities and take any comments about harming their self as valid and follow up with redirection to their provider or mental health specialist. Friends and family may need to do this on the bipolar individual.
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