Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. A person during the illness may not know that he/she is has a mood-related disorder. But the changes in the person’s mood, behaviour and thoughts can be observed by the others. Due to illness disturbances in routine, relationships and workplace are often observed. For the management of the symptoms, hospitalisation is recommended. Also as there are risks to self and others, inpatient treatment helps manage it better.
Learning about bipolar disorder
Learn everything about the symptoms and treatment alternatives. The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better equipped you will be to help your loved one and keep things in perspective.
Consider Professional Help at Earliest
The Sooner bipolar disorder is treated, the better the prognosis, so advise your loved one to seek professional help right away.
Monitor the Mood
Often, you will know that your loved one’s moods are shifting before they will know themselves. Family and friends can monitor the patient’s medication-taking behavior.
Encourage to Comply with Treatment
Encourage patients to comply with bipolar treatment and professional recommendations such as taking bipolar medications as prescribed, attending therapy sessions, etc.
Getting better takes time, even when a person is committed to treatment. Be patient with the pace of recovery and prepare for setbacks and challenges. Managing bipolar disorder is a lifelong process.
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