Trigger Warning: Suicide
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Those who are close to someone suffering a mental illness struggle too. And I believe one of the biggest struggles they face is not knowing how to help.
Now, I could write a lot on this as someone who has both needed help, and someone who has wanted to give help to others. But there’s one thing that comes up a lot in the comment section on my blog that today I have found myself without patience for.
1. Be Aware.
This comes straight from my experience in my first relationship. When both you and your partner know what to expect from an episode and how it might impact the relationship, it allows you to both be prepared for the consequences and able to handle it better. This is on you, the sufferer, to let your partner know what to expect.
As it turns out, simply knowing that it involves happy times and bad times isn’t enough. Even with my family history, I didn’t even know that until after I got diagnosed. Just like “cancer” describes the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells (thanks, Google) but actually has many different types and ways it presents, so too does Bipolar.
This is Bipolar 101.