Bipolar is very difficult on family and friends. The mood swings from debilitating depressions to extreme manias can throw a whole home into a state of chaos. Everything revolves around the unwell person. Young children, no matter how much you try to shelter them from it, are deeply affected by an unstable environment. Sometimes in ways that are not immediately evident.
All the medication, psychiatrist appointments, therapy and support won’t do a thing if the person with bipolar is not invested in their own treatment and recovery. But for the one suffering, it is very difficult for them to find a reason within themselves, to get better. They don’t like themselves, they don’t like how they are feeling and most of all they know how their bipolar is affecting their family and they don’t like that either.
The bipolar person needs to find their “higher power”, their reason for wanting to get better. It can be God and religion, a spouse or other family member or a goal that they wish to attain, like a job or accomplishment. Help them find that reason to get better and the road to recovery will be less difficult.
If the bipolar person has children, there is no better reason to get better. Children are like sponges. All the emotions, conflicts and resolutions are absorbed. A child’s home situation will manifest itself in years to come in unimaginable ways. What a great lesson it is to show them that illness happens but it can be fought and overcome.
I will leave you all with the words of a child, my husband’s higher power. These words were a turning point for my husband.
“Daddy, I don’t like it when you are like that. You are not very nice.”
Have you found your higher power? Share it with others in comments.
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