Help Me Help Bi-Polar Partner
August 29, 2012 7:13 PM Subscribe
My partner suffers from bi-polar disorder, manic mood swings, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I need help. Books and personal experience please. More details inside.
posted by Shit Mittens to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
She is extremely proactive about her illnesses. She is religious about taking her meds, goes to therapist regularly and sees a psychiatrist. She is very insightful about her condition and works very hard, and often very successfully, to manage her symptoms.
Being a loving and caring partner for her can be difficult sometimes. She has been under a lot of stress lately and has been having bad symptoms. I try to help and to be kind and loving. She has given me some good tips about what to say, what not say, and some things I can do to help when she is having symptoms.
I get tired and stressed myself and feel like I don't have time to do the things I need to do to take care of myself, and sometimes I find myself getting angry at her. I want to help, and don't won't to make it worse by getting tired and resentful. I think I'm a good person most of the time, but sometimes it gets to me.
Does anyone have experience about useful tools they used when in this situation? If you were the person with the symptoms, what did you need from your partner? Also any books or website recommendations would be appreciated.
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