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So Your Partner Has Bipolar Disorder

Updated on August 17, 2016
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Going To Extremes Bipolar

Most of us have experienced having restless nights, irritability, touchy, moments of being impulsive or doing something that is outrageous. For Bipolar disorder these common occurrences are magnified. People who have bipolar disorder are likely to engage in on risky activities like during recklessly quitting their needed job for no reason or wandering around in threatening areas at night without thinking of the consequences.People with untreated BD may commit a crime or impulsively injured themselves or others as a consequence of their illness. If you notice that your partner constantly invades your privacy like checking your mobile phone for text messages checking your email or even listening to private conversations. Intense curiosity is also a sign of being bi polar. For so some a sign of bipolar disorder is seeing his or her point of view to be the only right one discounting other peoples' wishes and feelings and clearly bluntly selfish. Even more frustrating people with bipolar disorder often don't believe that their extreme moods are unusual. Pretty much the individual has the lack of insight.To someone with bipolar disorder, it is about extreme moods and altered thinking. To the rest of us its about the behavior that goes with the symptoms. During manic episodes along the increased energy and activity throughout the day. Sufferers report that they don't need to sleep or do not have the need to feel asleep. Some can stay awake all night, and some can go for days leading to dangerous physical exhaustion.

Extremely Irritable?

If you are living with someone who is suffering with bipolar disorder, you would have noticed by now the extreme irrefutability and downright nastiness. Times like these you may be the subject of nonsensical rants and unnecessary. You may be accused of doing something wrong and make you feel that you cannot do anything right. It is common for partners and family with BD to wonder whether they are bi polar or is it just their personality. BD can make people cranky, sluggish immature usually leads to alcohol or drug abuse. All these behaviors are also observed in people who are not bipolar, from time to time we all have been guilty behaving badly in someway. So how do you really know if your loved one's behavior is caused by bipolar disorder or by other issues? On your own?you can't. That is why it is important to seek an accurate diagnosis from qualified professionals

Bipolar Sufferers May Need Help To Get Help

Most of the time people with bipolar do not recognize that they have a disorder and most often than not they don't really seek medical help on their own. This leaves you as a loved one to help them to get help. A person with BD will need strong family support and encouragement to seek treatment. Start with your family physician who can refer you to a mental professional. In some cases, you may personally have to take the BD sufferer to get treatment and medical help yourself. A person suffering from BD who is in a middle of an episode may be hospitalized for his or her own protection, whether it is against their wishes or not. After treatment, BD sufferers will need a lot of support because it may take a while to get the correct treatment plan. Look for a local support group in your area, this can be very beneficial for both the sufferers and their families.

Once your partner has received a thorough evaluation then the doctor can start a course of treatment. In most cases, they will give mood stabilizers and other medications in conjunction with other therapies needed. Understanding bipolar medication is important as medication does NOT cure bipolar disorder, but it can reduce the severity of mood swings. People with BD often resist taking medications, even if they know that they need treatment. Be mindful that the risk and discomforts of drug treatment are real so are the risks and discomforts of an untreated illness.

Bipolar Disorder Common Questions

It can't be said enough times that bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition like chronic illness, not a permanent cure.
It can't be said enough times that bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition like chronic illness, not a permanent cure.

Common Questions About Bipolar Disorder

Why should I go the doctor?

There's nothing wrong with me! In fact, according to research just over half of those diagnosed with depression have some form of bipolar illness. In other words, there's huge over top between the two illnesses and it's extremely difficult for medical professionals to distinguish between the two during the depressed phase. What happens is that the person seeks medical attention for the depression, but sees the elevated mood as welcome relief so the medical professional only sees the depression. The result is that bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression.

What can someone do if they think a loved one might have undiagnosed bipolar disorder?

The first step to recovery for someone with suspected undiagnosed bipolar disorder that's causing problems is an accurate diagnosis. Try to persuade them to see their GP as soon as possible, accompanying them to the appointment if they allow it to describe any worrying symptoms. Remember that the earlier they are diagnosed the better the long term outcome will be.

What is the most effective way to treat bipolar disorder?

It can't be said enough times that bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition like chronic illness, not a permanent cure. Treating bipolar disorder successfully, to reduce or remove symptoms and help someone with a diagnosis to live a happy and stable life. Bipolar Disorder is a highly manageable condition. With the right support and people with the diagnosis can lead positive and fulfilling lives.

How To Live With Bipolar Disorder

There are two main reasons Bipolar disorder is often diagnosed as depression, the first clue that someone has bipolar disorder is often a depressive person seeking help from their family doctor at this point, and if a family history of bipolar disorder is mentioned by the patient, the doctor is likely to make a diagnosis of and test treatment for depression. On the other hand, first experiences are not always reported. A manic episode, especially in the early stages, often feels so enjoyable that the person experiencing it can't see what the problem is. Their family and friends may be alarmed and try to intervene, but for the manic person, feeling euphoric and invincible, it seems as everyone else is trying to spoil their function.

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