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3 Tips To Help You Disclose Bipolar To Your Date

Jodi Helmer
July 12, 2019

Telling a new partner about your diagnosis is scary. Lisa Little, MSc, a chartered psychologist in Calgary, Alberta, offers these guidelines for starting the conversation: #1 Gather your courage It’s normal to feel nervous about telling a new partner you have bipolar disorder. Just don’t let fear stand in the way of sharing the information....

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7 Ways to Help a Friend with Bipolar Disorder

Sasha Kildare
June 28, 2019

While it can be rewarding and enriching, having a close friend with bipolar can also sometimes be frustrating, and confusing. Here are ways to be supportive—while taking care of yourself, too: #1 Educate yourself about bipolar Learn more about its array of symptoms and the different facets of its treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask...

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How to Help Others Understand Your Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

People with bipolar disorder require emotional support from family and friends, along with self-management strategies. Here’s how to help your loved ones understand you better: Pass on your knowledge The more you learn, the better you will be able to help your loved ones. With knowledge you’ll be able to fully and effectively explain your...

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How to Help a Friend With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
September 8, 2017

It can be difficult to know how to help a friend who’s either newly diagnosed with bipolar or currently in a mood episode; here are some ideas: #1 Offer support, not advice Many times people just want to talk about their problems without having someone else try and solve them or offer advice. If you...

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Bipolar & Marriage: What if Your Spouse’s Spending is Out of Control?

bp Magazine
August 22, 2017

If you’re dealing with the uncontrollable spending behavior of a spouse who has bipolar disorder, there are strategies you and your partner can consider:   Working it out together It may be difficult at the best of times to navigate the delicate issues around bipolar excessive spending. The best thing is to sit down with...

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4 Simple Strategies to Better Support Someone with Bipolar

bp Magazine
May 15, 2017

Being the primary support for a family member with bipolar may involve little more than watching for warning signs of a mood shift. To stay strong in your supporting role try these caregiver tips: #1 Minimize stress It’s very important to your health to reduce stress both in yourself and also in your surrounding environment. Research...

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4 Tips For Telling Someone About Your Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
May 1, 2017

It’s a difficult decision to have “the conversation” about your bipolar with anyone; keep these tips in mind: #1 Consider the risks and rewards Talking about your bipolar can seem like a huge risk. It can feel like you’re gambling your emotional stability, or professional and financial stability. However, disclosing your diagnosis at your workplace...

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6 Ways to Survive a Marriage with Hypersexuality

bp Magazine
May 1, 2017

Hypersexuality is a completely normal symptom of hypomania & mania. Here’s how to keep it from devostating your treasured relationships. #1 Know what it is The compulsion and obsession of hypersexuality can feel much the same as what’s felt by drug addicts and alcoholics. This “addiction” can be one of the more destructive aspects of...

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Your Spouse Has Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder. Now What?

bp Magazine
April 2, 2017

Here are 7 tips on how to support your significant other (and yourself) when bipolar enters a marriage: #1 Know what you’re dealing with For both spouses, the diagnosis itself may come as a relief to finally have an answer and explanation for the confusion of ever-changing moods. It’s also likely the start of a...

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7 Steps to Intercept Bipolar Irritability

bp Magazine
April 2, 2017

Irritability and anger are on the front lines of bipolar disorder; here’s a plan of attack. #1 Control stress Since stress is a major bipolar trigger, it’s in your best interest to do what you can to simplify your life and relieve stress in your personal and work life. This may mean considering a new...

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The Best Things You Can Do For A Friend With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
January 22, 2017

If someone you know and love is diagnosed with bipolar, it may seem overwhelming and confusing. Here are some suggestions on what you can do to help:   Take the time to research bipolar disorder The more you learn, the better you will be able to help your friend or loved one in need. Educate...

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9 Life Lessons We Can Learn From People With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
December 31, 2016

People in our lives who have bipolar disorder can be valuable teachers from whom we can learn a lot about ourselves. One bphope.com reader shares his experiences of life through a lens of highs and lows from his son: #1 Brutal honesty “To a person with heightened bipolar sensitivities, they will react strongly to even the...

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10 Ways to Tell If It’s Real Love or Bipolar Mania

bp Magazine
December 3, 2016

Is it love when you’re swept by euphoria, a special connection, erotic stirrings, constant thoughts of another or are those signs of looming mania, with a reckless lack of judgment and over-the-top impulsive actions? Experts from the Human Sexuality Committee of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry offer this mental checklist:   #1 What is...

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10 Self-Support Tips For Caregivers of People With Bipolar

bp Magazine
December 2, 2016

While living with bipolar disorder can be an enormous challenge, it also affects the primary support giver—be it a partner, family member or close friend. We look to Lesley Berk, Ph.D., Deakin University, to offer suggestions for caregivers to better cope: #1 Get the facts You need to know what you’re dealing with. Many caregivers...

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Bipolar & Marriage: How to Grow Stronger as a Couple

bp Magazine
November 27, 2016

When a mental illness suddenly appears in a partnership, it can shake the foundation of a marriage. While dealing with the erratic behavior of a spouse in mania or depression is difficult, through counseling, love and acceptance of the illness, partners can grow even stronger as a couple. Mood changes It’s stressful for a spouse...

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The Worst Things You Can Say to Someone with Bipolar

bp Magazine
November 27, 2016

Words are powerful, and when we are careless about them with someone living with bipolar, we can easily shatter self-esteem or motivation for recovery. “You sound a little down today.” Most people with a mental illness know how they feel. Being told you are not sounding well is not constructive, nor is it a substitute...

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9 Ways to Support Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Stephen Propst
November 13, 2016

Having help from family and friends can make a profound difference to those living with bipolar. Advocate Stephen Propst suggests nine tips to keep in mind when offering support: #1 Face the facts Be willing to acknowledge that bipolar disorder is a legitimate disorder. As with diabetes or cancer, bipolar disorder requires medical treatment and management. It...

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9 Ways to Make Amends and Seek Forgiveness

bp Magazine
April 22, 2016

When bipolar disorder is at the source of our past mistakes in a relationship, the road to forgiveness can be long and complicated. Here are some tips for moving forward.   #1 Bipolar disorder is what you have, not who you are You still must live with it, stand up to it, accommodate yourself to...

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