It can be extremely
challenging, even heartbreaking, being the caregiver of a loved one with bipolar
depression; here are some simple things to keep in mind:
By learning about the specific symptoms of bipolar depression, you will come to realize that certain symptoms are simply caused by the condition; they are not personal attacks. While not always easy, it’s beneficial to understand that depression can take many forms aside from sadness and hopelessness; there can be persistent anger, even emotional outbursts, as well as withdrawing from family members.
Realize Your Feelings are normal
It can be extremely difficult not to take symptoms such as anger and withdrawal personally. So, along with compassion for your partner, don’t be surprised to feel frustration, anger, and even hatred. It’s also common for partners to have feelings of resentment because of their life being changed. You may also experience grief because it seems like your loved one is just not the same person anymore. Counseling can help you deal with your emotions.
Seek out support
If you are taking on extra responsibilities around the house or overseeing your partner’s treatment, look to other family members or friends to take on some tasks if needed. Also, because dealing with depression in a partner can be isolating and emotionally draining, it’s essential not to forget about self-care. Try to make plans with friends or find a support group for families.
You may feel rejected and discouraged when nothing you do to help your partner seems to work. Keep in mind that depression is not forever, and finding the right treatment may take time. Recovery is possible so it’s important to keep hope alive.
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