I will attempt to provide meaningful information for the loved ones and friends that are watching a special person in their life go through this.
Watching a child, spouse, relative, or good friend traverse the spectrum of Bipolar Disorder or Depression can be incredibly painful.
Identify your limits and how you can recharge after the Survivor goes through a rough patch. Demand downtime for yourself for your own mental well-being.4.Living with Bipolar Disorder or Depression is a reason, not an excuse.Unfortunately, these people include loved ones, friends, strangers, therapists, medical, and other mental health professionals.Develop a deep understanding of your illness, what it means to you, and what wellness means to you. People will blame you for your actions even if they are out of character.It is not likely that you will ever truly be able to understand what the other person in the relationship equation experiences either with, or coping with, a Mood Disorder.
We naturally look at the situation from our own perspective with preconceptions of what we think is correct.
That generally equates to skipped appointments, missed dosages, lack of mood monitoring, and so on.
A Survivor will not get well with a lazy approach.6.
A person that lives with Bipolar Disorder or Depression comes to learn loss intimately.
It is a constant battle in our mind to try and avoid tearing our lives, loves, and friendships down to the foundation. We will periodically lose that battle and burn bridges.
I promise you- there will eventually come a point where the Survivor in the relationship will do something so mind-boggling that it laughs in the face of the person you know and love.