Does Your Spouse Suffer From Bipolar Disorder? 10 Ways to Help Them

General Article

Do you have a partner or spouse suffering from bipolar disorder? How do you deal with bipolar relationships? How can you help them to cope with their condition? Having someone close to you with bipolar disorder can cause the relationship problems that can be difficult to solve.

Diagnosing Bipolar

The best way of knowing if your spouse suffers from bipolar is to determine their mood swings. We all have mood swings but they are supposed to be normal not extreme. Furthermore, mood swings can be symptoms of other disorders such as Cyclothymia (type of depression) and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Stress and living a chaotic lifestyle causes mood swings. So, just because your partner has mood swings, that doesn’t mean he or she has bipolar disorder.

Dipolar is very different in that it has extreme shifts in mood. When one feels good they really feel good and when they feel low they really feel low. In other words, when they are in a manic period, they go on top of the world and have unrealistic thoughts. When they go into a depressed state, they hit rock bottom and see everything as gloom and doom.

As a bipolar person goes through extreme to extreme emotions, it can be challenging on them and everyone around them. Spouses in particular have a hard time adjusting to the changes and non-bipolar spouse feel as if they are dealing with two different peopl

So, how can you help a spouse dealing with a bipolar?

Proper Diagnosis

First of all, you have to take them to a health practitioner to get an accurate diagnosis. This lets you know what you are dealing with.

Right Medication

Once they have a bipolar diagnosis, encourage them to stay on their prescribed medicine which helps to smooth their mood swings. Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that needs medication in order for the patient to be able to function at their best.

Learn about Bipolar disorder

To be able to help your spouse to deal with bipolar disorder, you need to learn about the condition. Educate yourself how to best support your bipolar loved one (do’s and don’ts). Ask for help from professionals to determine the best ways to help.

Always Stay Calm

When your spouse gets bipolar episodes stay calm and avoid over-reacting. Complaining and over reacting will only result into chaos. Avoid taking their behavior personally and always remember they are dealing with an illness.

Take Care of Them

When it comes to your spouse, they will always depend on your for help more than other people. So, take care of them and be their when they need you. Give them the support – physically, emotionally and spiritually. You need to be strong for them to get through this condition.

Try Not To Change Them

If you want to relate well to your bipolar spouse, try as much as possible to resist the urge of changing them. It is not possible and so don’t try to do it. Trying to change them will make them feel unworthy and resentful. They may try to change for you but deep inside they know they can’t. You will be doing more harm than good and ultimately you will get disappointed with yourself.

Always Listen

They say talking is a great therapy to people with mental conditions. So, give your spouse a listening ear to make them feel accepted and understood.

Do Things Together

Find time to do things together and spend time having lots of fun. Let the good times balance out the bad times. Focus your energy on the good not the bipolar symptoms that drive you crazy.

Express Yourself

Whenever you feel concerned about them, talk to them and express your feelings and concerns. Don’t blame or put your spouse down.