How To Treat And Help A Bipolar Person: 10 Tips

Knowing how to treat and help a bipolar person is important if you have to live with them, they are your partner, mother, father, son or brother. Even more so if she is aggressive, enters a crisis or even if you have to see her constantly at work.

The bipolar disorder is certainly a disease that can be very difficult to live, as it tends to produce a large number of alterations in the functioning of the person who suffers it.

girl with bipolar disorder

However, it is a disorder that can be managed, and a person with this disease can achieve optimal functioning if they manage to control their own well. symptoms and alterations.

The best way you can treat these people is to put yourself in their shoes. Without empathy it is difficult to handle the situation well and it is much easier for conflicts to arise. For this, I have thought that I will give you advice as if you were that bipolar person yourself, so you can put yourself in their place and use those same advice to treat them.

For example, if I say “explain your disorder to whom you should tell”, it is understood that the advice is that you have a disposition to listen to the bipolar person.

10 Tips to Treat and Help a Bipolar Person

1. Explain the disorder to the right people

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If you have a family member with  bipolar disorder, it is very likely that this is an issue that has you at least worried or restless.

Bipolar disorder is a disease, yes, but do you know someone who presents itself in the following way ?: «Hi, I’m José and I have a colon irritable”.

Surely not, and it is that sometimes explaining to everyone that the relative has a disease can be irrelevant or even inappropriate.

In general, it is convenient to tell it to those people with whom you have a good relationship and sufficient trust: family, friends, partners, etc. Yes they know it, well they will understand it and can help a lot.

2. Help you remember your medication

bipolar disorder medication

Taking medication is possibly the most important action to take to control the disease.

Unfortunately, today psychotropic drugs are the only way to attenuate and fully control bipolar disorder, so if the patient does not take it, condition will worsen and possibly end up requiring hospitalization.

3. Beware of antidepressants

It is true that in bipolar disorder, depressive episodes can be suffered, which are usually treated with antidepressants , since these increase the mood.

However, you should avoid having your family member take antidepressants if they have not been previously prescribed by their psychiatrist.

If you are in a depressive phase and your doctor has not prescribed antidepressants, do not think that he has made a mistake, the way to improve is to take this type of drugs.

Antidepressants can be very dangerous in bipolar disorder, as they can easily induce episodes of mania, especially if you do not take any mood stabilizer such as lithium to counteract its effect.

4. Do not miss visits with the doctor

smiling doctor

It is very important that the treatment is controlled and decided by a psychiatrist, so your family member should never miss scheduled visits.

The doctor who treats your bipolar disorder will be in charge of finding the best treatment for your family member, and will be an indispensable tool so that you can satisfactorily control the disease.

5. Avoid drugs completely

Drugs are harmful to anyone, and the advice to quit is not only helpful for people with bipolar disorder, but also for all people in general

The drug (including alcohol) can be especially dangerous if you suffer from bipolar disorder.

6. Do physical activity with your family member

man playing tennis

The practice of moderate physical exercise is highly recommended for the mental and physical health of any person.

In bipolar disorder, playing sports can help you be less tense, less anxious , feel more energetic, and increase well-being .

However, it is not recommended to do it at the end of the day, since it can prevent you from falling asleep properly , so it is more beneficial practice it in the morning or early in the afternoon.

7. Watch out for stress

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Try that your family member does not have very high levels of stress in his life, as this can make it difficult to control bipolar disorder.

You can do the same things as a person who does not suffer from bipolar disorder as long as you are aware of your limits and do not overload your schedule of stuff.

8. Control coffee consumption

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Coffee is a stimulating drink that contains caffeine, so it activates the nervous system and can cause anxiety or decrease sleep.

Thus, it is inadvisable to drink coffee when you suspect that you are starting a manic, hypomanic or mixed episode, since in those In some cases caffeine can become the worst enemy.

9. Benefit from associations

Getting in touch with other people who suffer from the same disease can be the ultimate key to achieving stability in life.

If you encourage your family member to do so, they will feel supported and understood, and will see first-hand that they are not the only ones with bipolar disorder, as there are many people who suffers from this disease.

10. Make it easy

The first step to take is the one you are already beginning to do if you have read this article, inform yourself about the disease, which will allow you to overcome many prejudices you may have about the disorder.

Subsequently, you must understand that when a person with bipolar disorder is properly treated and without symptoms, nothing differentiates him from the rest of people, so you should not treat them in a special way.

At times when you are depressed, it is advisable to avoid phrases such as “cheer up” or “cheer up that face”, since even if said with good intention, you can backfire.

Likewise, comments like “you’re lazy” or “you’re weak” should be avoided, and you should understand that he is really having a hard time. The main objective It should be getting him involved in some activity or getting him to do something.

When he is in a manic phase, try not to argue with him and try to make him see, without irritating him excessively, that he is having a manic episode. Yes The family member admits his illness, offer him support and go with him to visit a psychiatrist.

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