pivotal and prominent event in their life, it does not swallow the person’s identity. Your loved one is still the same compassionate, funny, creative, or generous person that you know.
A diagnosis is simply an indicator that leads to recognition, treatment, and understanding for their symptoms. These diagnoses give patients answers to their doubts and fears – which is also the first step to healing.
While the healthcare professionals help treat the disorder, loved ones are there to offer support and hopefully provide a sense of consistency in the chaos. Think about different activities or interests that you share with your loved one. Do you both like to take bike rides together? Do you all like crafts? Think about shared hobbies or challenge each other to try something new. This quality time together not only strengthens the bond, but also might help your loved one feel more supported and seen.
3. Find support
Everyone needs support – whether you think you’re struggling or not. Just as finding support is essential for patients, it can also be a lifeline for friends and family. Support can come in many forms. Lean on other friends and family members that can understand the situation you’re going through.
Be careful not to become emotionally dependent on those close to you nor dump all of your problems onto them. If you’re also struggling with stress, guilt, or depression; consider getting a therapist. This can be a therapist specialized in specific mental illnesses or a family therapist who can provide a good perspective on how your healing interconnects with the healing of your loved one.
Bipolar depressive disorder can be an isolating disease. The patient not only struggles with the effects of being bipolar, but also judgment from others and even themselves. Support your loved one by seeing them fully. Not as their illness nor the diagnosis. Bipolar depressive disorder explains a chapter of their story, but not the full thing.