How to Help and Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar disorder is not a rare syndrome, and there are methods to deal with it. Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition that triggers extreme mood swings, actions, and states of energy. Manic episodes show this disorder. Though I had no manic episodes, they diagnosed me as bi-polar. There is no cure, but psycho-social support helps reduce anxiety and stress. It can be traumatic and wearisome to be detected with bipolar disorder for both the caregiver and someone suffering from it. However, there are various approaches to deal with the illness. Here are ways-How to Help and Support Someone with Bipolar Disorder for the patient and the caregiver.
- Early recognition of symptoms and treatment
- Steer away from self-medication
- Stop drinking alcohol, tobacco and weed.
- Do not expect a speedy recovery. Be patient and show compassion for the ailment.
- Avoid stress as far as possible.
- Lend a patient ear and understanding to the patient
- Medical treatment is imperative and there should be regular check-ups.
- Keep yourself engaged in tasks and hobbies of interest. Take personal care and keep your mind occupied for faster recovery.
- Caregivers of mental health patients carry a lot of burdens. They should seek advice if they feel overwhelmed or stressed.
- A nourishing diet with some sort of physical exercise is a must.
If someone is having a manic episode, try these ways to deal with it.
- Manic people are lonely as everyone avoids them. As a caregiver, spend as much time as you can.
- Hear out the patient and do not get into any confrontations.
- If the patient is rude or vitriolic. Do not take it to heart, as they are in an unsound state of mind.
- Manic patients are jumpy and ill at ease. They may not sit down for a proper meal. Try to feed them fruits, juices, sandwiches or healthy snacks instead.
- Insomnia, and delayed or irregular sleep patterns, disturb the natural circadian rhythm. They need to follow a routine bedtime and have a nap in the day to feel rested.
Bipolar patients need your love, patience and understanding. Sunshine, frankness and candid dialogue can help more than any medicine.
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