Living with Someone Who Has Bipolar

When a family member has bipolar it can have a significant effect on their relationships. The more you know how to support your loved one the better. By putting extra effort in to self-education - understanding symptoms, treatments and coping strategies - and having a plan for their shifting moods you will strengthen your loved one’s recovery and your family’s bond.

Blogs and Articles

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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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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When People Want to Talk About Your Embarrassing Bipolar Memories

April Michael
May 30, 2017

It can be painful when traumatic bipolar memories are brought up in conversation. Here’s what to do when that happens: A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about how to handle bipolar flashbacks. Bipolar flashbacks can occur seemingly out of nowhere or they are can be triggered by something. Bipolar flashbacks are traumatic memories...

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Friends & Family: How You Can Support A Loved One With Bipolar

Karl Shallowhorn
March 22, 2017

Many times family members of those with bipolar do not fully understand what their loved one is going through. Education can be an invaluable tool.   I’m going to be speaking with you about bipolar disorder and family. In particular, how family members can support their loved that has bipolar disorder. First of all, one...

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Bipolar & Relationships: Coping with Change as a Couple

Beth Brownsberger Mader
February 10, 2017

Even in a great marriage, handling major life changes while also managing bipolar disorder is challenging. Step back, take a breath, persevere! By Beth Brownsberger Mader   The return to our beloved Colorado last spring after 17 years happened quickly, though we had been planning it in our hearts for some time. It was a...

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Son with Bipolar Disorder Interviews His Mom and Dad

Gabe Howard
January 10, 2017

People with bipolar are often unaware of the effects the disorder has on family and friends. Watch as Gabe and his parents discusses this together.   Gabe: Hello, my name is Gabe Howard with bphope.com and the bp Magazine online community. For this vlog, I have brought along……my parents! Believe it or not, I am related...

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Parenting My Son with Bipolar & Learning to Be True to Myself

Julie Joyce
November 14, 2016

Life is a series of teachable moments. I am definitely a person who wears their heart on their sleeve and sadly it has been crushed over and over. I tend to be surrounded by crisis. Whether it involves my own son, my friends or my job it is always there. There isn’t a day that...

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Finding the Right Treatment for My Adult Son: Never Give Up

Julie Joyce
November 1, 2016

My life has been in a frenzy lately. I lost my cousin and best friend to cancer. I sold my house after living there 17 years and moved into a one-bedroom basement apartment, and my son was homeless in Florida. I have always been a fighter. When I left my sons dad many years ago...

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Does Bipolar Disorder Lead to Divorce?

Gabe Howard
July 26, 2016

I am certain that bipolar disorder was a factor in the ending of my first two marriages— but it was NOT the only reason for the divorces.   I’m on my third marriage. Because of previous issues with hypersexuality, mania, and very poor impulse control, I’ve had a lot of bad outcomes in the love...

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