Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that targets the mood of a patient. This means that a bipolar disorder patient will experience dramatic mood changes. Out of the blue, they will be filled with tremendous energy (hyperactive), and at another moment, they will be badly depressed without any obvious reason. Being a psychiatrist in Bhopal, we have also encountered hallucinations and delusions among some bipolar disorder patients.
No matter how good your intension may be, at times, helping a loved one with bipolar disorder can be extremely troublesome. Your loved one may refuse your help as they find it hard to accept their state of mental health or they may be too embarrassed of their condition. In this blog post, we are going to share a couple of tips that you can utilize to help someone with bipolar disorder. So, without a second, let us have a look at them in brief:
1 - Talk to a Loved One about His (Or Her) Experience
Talk to your loved one with great patience. Do not pressurize or judge them for anything. Help them understand that you are there and will always be to help them regardless of any circumstances. Make them realize your support and acceptance, ask questions about how they feel, and be open to talking about your mental health.
2 – Remember the "Warning Signs" of Your Loved One
Educate yourself as much as possible about bipolar disorder and its warning signs. Get yourself familiar of the changes in your loved one's mental state from depressive to manic. It will help you get yourself and your loved one prepared for a manic episode in advance. Increased energy, less sleep, etc. is some of the warning signs of bipolar disorder.
3 – Seek Professional Help
This is very crucial. You should take your loved one to a psychiatrist in Bhopal. Only a professional can correctly diagnose and treat mental health conditions like bipolar disorder. No doubt, your loved one may feel a bit reluctant to see a psychiatrist, but you need to help them understand that it’s necessary.
Dr. Sanjeet Diwan is an outstanding psychiatrist in Bhopal with extensive experience in managing insomnia, OCD, drug addiction, Schizophrenia, low self-esteem, and many other mental health disorders. He received his medical education at the SSM College, Rewa, and did MD thereafter from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.