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Excerpt: Starting the Journey of Supporting my loved one with Bipolar Disorder
Ironically, in supporting my loved one with Bipolar Disorder (BD), I myself may feel the full spectrum between being relieved that there is a name and treatment for all the drama and chaos we have been through, and being overwhelmed, devastated and uncertain about what to do next.
This is a chronic or lifelong disorder. You and your loved one will need a lot of compassion and patience with each other.
This is a focused and concise program. It was compiled especially for you to help you understand the journey of your loved one with BD better, without too much effort. It will also give you some patience, insight and perspective about your own and your loved one’s journey.
“The aim of this program is to teach family members how to support their loved ones.
Living with Bipolar disorder can sometimes feel like a curse. You wonder how this was even possible and you feel alone all of the sudden. You ask yourself self over and over was the psychiatrist’s diagnosis correct? Trust is difficult because who will commit for a lifetime to help with support and sometimes daily activities? Family plays a vital role in this.
Knowing how to support your loved one with Bipolar Disorder is sometimes all they need, and it will sometimes be all they need. Support is VITAL.”
Physician diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
1. Starting the Journey
2. What does Bipolar Disorder (BD) look like?
3. Making the Diagnosis
4. Types of Bipolar Disorder
7. Treatment and Therapy
8. Soothing Words that may help my loved one with BD
9. A Few Last Thoughts
10. References and Reading Suggestions
Course Author – Dr Mariki Smith
Dr Mariki Smith (MA PhD Psychology) has 25 years experience as psychologist in providing advice and therapy to persons diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and their loved ones. She provides a solid basis in this short program for loved ones of persons with BD to start a journey of understanding, coping and resilience.