18 Apr 2011
The best thing you can do besides being there and remaining nonjudgmental is this: Ask the people at her hospital OR her doctor's office about support groups for families of bipolar patients. The hospital that I work at has one 2x a week so I know they exist. If none can tell you where to find one, then check on-line or call your county's MHMR office because I guarantee that they will be able to help. It's great that you wnatto support your sister in her time of need but you have to be able to manage your own feelings as well so make sure you have someone who can lend you an ear should you need help as well. Good luck and take care.
19 Apr 2011
Make sure she is seeing the right doctor & getting the right meds. My husband is bipolar & has tried to commit suicide so many times. The last time he almost died, but the doctor (physch)literally along with all the other specialists saved his life. He is normally a child physciatrist, but was on call & he is the first (of many) that my husband couldn't talk his way out. He diagnosed him as bipolar & put him on Zoloft. It's been 8 years, & he's a changed person. I will hope for the best for you & your sister. Give her lots of hugs...
18 Apr 2011
The number one thing to do for me when i was experiencing that and i lovedmy husband fior he didnt make excuses or make light of it and such he was just "there" by my side through it all listening
hope this helps lol janymak
hope she is getting good help u will be in my praYERS mixed states make u aggrivated and u dont want that ya know that is why when my hubby listened and didnt give me feedback"unless" i asked for it i felt better soon
18 Apr 2011
I am bipolar and have been dealing with the issues that this disorder brings for many years. My family has been very supportive and understanding. Providing a listening ear is probably the most critical help you can offer. I don't know the specific of your sister's situation but being their to help support her monetarily if she in unable to hold down a job maybe important too. May I recommend you go to the following site:
bpso stands for bipolar significant other and is a website full of information for loved ones of bipolar persons. You can also google "loved ones of bipolar person". There are numerous sites offering information to help you help a loved one with bipolar disorder.
Most of all being a friend who is willing to love her unconditionally is paramount.
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