Bipolar and Friends

Maintaining and building relationships can be a struggle for those of us living with bipolar disorder. Check out these articles for personal stories, practical advice and tips on relationships.

Blogs and Articles

How to Spot Bipolar Red Flags—and What to Do about Them

Martin Baker
May 29, 2018

If you are a friend of someone living with bipolar disorder, you can play the important role of vigilantly helping them watch for symptoms of depression or mania.   By Martin Baker   In a recent article I mentioned “red flags” that can alert you when your friend may be slipping into depression or mania....

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Living with Bipolar—Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends?

Allison Strong
April 23, 2018

If you are having trouble forming new lasting  friendships, improving your listening skills may be a new tactic to try.   I’ve often wondered if I’m going to be a loner for life or it I can finally have a circle of friends. Making friends has always been hard for me. One of the reasons...

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What to Do When Your Loved One with Bipolar Is Doing Ok

Martin Baker
March 7, 2018

It’s hard when your loved one living with bipolar disorder is ill or in crisis, but wellness can be challenging, too.   By Martin Baker   If your friend or loved one lives with bipolar disorder, it is natural to focus on supporting them when they are not doing so well, are ill, or in...

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Bipolar Disorder & The Fear of Wearing out Friendships

Natasha Tracy
March 2, 2018

Although you may be worried about a friend walking away due to your bipolar disorder symptoms, it can help to remember you share mutual trust.   I have to admit something—I have a huge fear of wearing out my friendships because of bipolar disorder. I’m aware that sometimes being a friend to a person with...

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‘I’m Scared to Tell People I Have Bipolar Disorder’: How To Feel Proud

Julie A. Fast
January 11, 2018

Anticipating how friends and family will react to your diagnosis can be detrimental towards your mental wellbeing. Regardless, remain proud– there is nothing wrong with you. By Julie A. Fast   I often receive questions on Facebook that are so loving and kind and filled with such longing to belong. The decision to tell people...

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Abandonment Issues—When You’re Feeling Depressed

Julie A. Fast
July 31, 2017

Feeling abandoned and unloved during a bipolar depression is not reality; it’s a symptom of the illness—and it can be treated. By Julie A. Fast   When I’m in an abandonment downswing, I think, “I am a worthless ant, a speck of dirt on this huge revolving planet. I’m completely alone!” The idea that I’m...

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Celebrating Achievements with Bipolar Disorder

Sarah-Kathleen
July 20, 2017

Accomplishments, no matter how big or small, deserve to be celebrated.   A week before my 18th birthday I was in a terribly dark place. I had been depressed for quite a long time, refused to seek help and believed I wouldn’t see my 18th birthday. When I was younger and asked what I wanted...

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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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What I Wish Family & Friends Knew About Bipolar

​Jess Melancholia
January 2, 2017

Unless you have walked a mile in my shoes, there’s no way you will ever be able to understand what it’s like to have bipolar. By Jess Melancholia   I don’t know a single person with bipolar disorder who doesn’t have that one friend or family member who just doesn’t get it. They either have...

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3 Things I Have Learnt Since Not Seeing A Psychologist

Sarah-Kathleen
December 15, 2016

Around three months ago my psychologist of two years stopped practice. It was a shock and something I had not anticipated. It might not be a surprise to some of you that I have chosen not to see anyone since. I was extremely close with my psychologist, she helped me get through the peak of...

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