Bipolar and Caregivers

Articles about the special challenges of those who may or may not be living with bipolar disorder themselves but have others in their life that they care for and are living with bipolar disorder.

Blogs and Articles

Acceptance: A Difficult Journey for You AND Your Family

Lindsay Wheeler
June 14, 2018

The process of accepting a bipolar diagnosis is long and arduous—for both you AND your family members. By Lindsay Wheeler   I say my life started in 2014 when I began writing about my secret battle with bipolar. Just after telling my parents, I announced it publicly on Facebook. Wrapped up in the sensation of...

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How to Constructively Speak to Loved Ones With Bipolar

Stephen Propst
June 12, 2018

When speaking to a loved one with bipolar, remain cognizant of what you say– you may unintentionally be affecting their recovery. By Stephen Propst Knowing what to say when you’re speaking to some- one who is living with bipolar can be challenging. You may unintentionally or unknowingly be using words that are disheartening and discouraging,...

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How to Support Your Friend with Bipolar from Afar

Martin Baker
April 27, 2018

Social media and the Internet mean no one is too far away to be cared for, or to care. By Martin Baker   We don’t always live close to the people we care about. It might seem distance would make it harder to support someone with bipolar disorder, but it doesn’t need to. All it...

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5 Things My Friend’s Bipolar Disorder Has Taught Me

Martin Baker
March 20, 2018

My best friend lives with bipolar disorder. Our friendship has benefited my life and other relationships in ways I never could have imagined. By Martin Baker   When people learn my best friend Fran lives with mental illness, I’m sure they imagine it’s hard work for me; a duty and responsibility they can’t imagine taking...

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Bipolar & Kids: How Parents Can Ease Their Isolation

bp Magazine
January 21, 2018

While it’s quite common for parents of children with bipolar disorder to lose touch with their social circle, there are ways to help. Meet your tribe Try to plan a regular outing with friends or family who really care about you. It can be extremely lonely taking care of an ill child; and depending on...

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Bipolar & Kids: 5 Ways To Take Care of YOU!

bp Magazine
January 21, 2018

For parents taking care of a child with bipolar disorder, a self-care plan is critical for your wellbeing; here are five ideas to consider: #1 Recharge & re-energize An important strategy in self-care is taking a break from your caregiving role and incorporating time for you. If needed, recruit other relatives, close friends or respite...

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The ‘Hijacked House’: Tips for Parents of Adult Children with Bipolar Disorder Living at Home

Julie A. Fast
October 12, 2017

If your adult child and his or her bipolar disorder symptoms are taking center stage, than you may be living in a “hijacked house.”   By Julie A. Fast It is a bit of a “joke” to talk about how many millennials have moved back in with their parents.  But when the millennial has bipolar...

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My Partner With Bipolar Cheated on Me When Manic & Hypersexual

Julie A. Fast
September 7, 2017

If a partner with bipolar disorder ‘cheats’ it is important to distinguish the underlying cause— relationship problems, or hypersexuality? by Julie A. Fast   I was standing next to my partner’s hospital bed when he told me he had slept with someone (he had just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder one the day before).  I...

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Can Your Kids Help You Manage Bipolar Disorder?

Julie A. Fast
August 10, 2017

We can teach the children in our lives to be open, honest and healthy about mental wellness. by Julie A. Fast   Can kids help us manage our bipolar disorder?  Of course they can, but it does take a delicate approach that starts early.  I will share my story and hopefully this can give YOU...

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Bipolar Recovery Can Be The Toughest Job In The World – We Deserve Some Credit!

Melody Moezzi
July 5, 2017

Recovery is absolutely a team sport. Not only do you need to recruit the best players, but you need to train them.     By Melody Moezzi   I suck at sports. I’m neither proud nor ashamed to admit it. It is simply a fact: I am not the athletic type. I am, however, the...

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