Someone in your family has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. You have many questions and the doctor seems to be to busy to listen.
You wonder if you are somehow responsible for the changes in your family member (you're not) and what you can do to help.
A contract between you and your family member with Bipolar Disorder (contracted when the individual is well) will sometimes give you the leverage you need to get help for him/her when they are ill. See the sample contract on this page.
Articles in this section will try to help with some of those questions.
How Can Hypomania Be Controlled (guidelines for friends &family members)
Do's & Don'ts (guidelines on what to say to someone who's depressed)
Both forums require registration for full participation. Includes sections for Family members & Friends, Significant Others, Parents of Bipolar Children, and Children of Bipolar Parents along with other forums of interest.
The following brochures and booklets are available in the .pdf format All are believed to be in the public domain. To view them you need to download a free Adobe Reader
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