Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series)
Julie A. Fast
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner’s disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to these symptoms when they do occur.
This updated edition includes a new section about the medications your partner may be taking so that you can understand the side effects and help monitor his or her bipolar treatment. As a supportive partner, you deserve support yourself. This book will help you create a more balanced, fulfilling relationship.
Improve your relationship by learning how to:
- Identify your partner’s symptom triggers so you can prevent episodes
- Improve communication by stopping irrational “bipolar conversations”
- Handle your partner’s emotional ups and downs
- Foster closeness and connection with your partner
is a more important step that you and your partner can take to prevent the symptoms from going this far in the first place. You can both recognize that your partner’s symptoms are simply the fruits of bipolar disorder. The triggers are the actual seeds that cause the symptoms. When you look at bipolar disorder this way, you can see that symptoms are a signal that you both need to figure out what triggered the symptoms. Then you can work on modifying or stopping the trigger to stop the symptoms
other, manic, end, “everything” is “great,” “wonderful,” and “fantastic,” and you’re just trying to ruin your partner’s fun. If you take the bait and react to these comments at face value, the result will be a bipolar conversation. Don’t Be Tricked! It’s so easy to get tangled up in these very serious leading comments. Your goal is to learn to recognize them as comments originating from bipolar disorder so that you can respond to the disorder instead of reacting to the words your partner is
This can happen, especially if your partner is controlled by the illness. You can’t force someone to do anything. You can only take care of yourself. There are many people with this illness who either deny they have it and refuse prescribed medications or feel that medications are all that they need. They feel this way even when the evidence strongly indicates that they need a lot more help than they are receiving. This is common behavior for some people with bipolar disorder and is not
a doctor’s help can cause serious problems. Do things sensibly and slowly. Try to create a relationship with your partner’s doctor so that you can discuss medications and your new treatment plan honestly. Be future oriented with all that you do, especially when it comes to medications. Stopping Medications Another problem you may face is that your partner either refuses to take medications or stops them once they start to feel well. This can be a huge issue in your relationship, especially if
glucose is strongly recommended. Abnormalities in these lab measures can be seen with all atypical antipsychotics but are less common with Geodon, Abilify, Saphris, and Latuda. SIDE EFFECTS Common side effects: These include drowsiness and lethargy (can occur with all except Abilify); weight gain (can occur with all—however, minimal with Geodon and unlikely with Abilify); nausea, vomiting, and heartburn; stuffy nose; mild dizziness, and changes in cholesterol, triglycerides, or blood glucose.