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#335220 - 07/04/10 11:54 AM Any advice on bi-polar?
KingFred Offline
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Registered: 04/23/10
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Loc: West Coast, USA
I don't know if this belongs here or not. If it's in the wrong place, I'm sorry (and can a mod please move it to the right area?).
My girlfriend is bi-polar. Not sure yet to what extent (it's a long-distance relationship, and I haven't talked to her about her bipolar in any depth).
Does anybody have any advice for a significant other of a bi-polar survivor? Anything I need to know about? Like what to say and what not to say?
Any help is appreciated and, well, helpful.

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#335230 - 07/04/10 12:59 PM Re: Any advice on bi-polar? [Re: KingFred]
kidneythis Offline


Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 1558
Maybe try the Friends and Family forum. I have to think this is something that someone there would have experience with since Bipolar disorder seems so common anymore.

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#335240 - 07/04/10 02:28 PM Re: Any advice on bi-polar? [Re: kidneythis]
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Registered: 06/16/10
Posts: 486
Loc: NJ
My wife has been bipolar for as long as I've known her. It's something that has affected a lot of aspects of our marriage, but not in any way that couldn't be overcome. It became a lot easier to understand after I started reading about how the disorder works. Just know that not all cases of bipolar are alike. Some people have more of a tendency towards mania & hypomania, but their depressions are mild, and some can have major depression but only experience hypomania. It's predominantly a chemical imbalance so it's important for her to be working with a psychiatrist to get on the right meds. My wife responds very well to Tegretol, but we switched to Lamictal when she got pregnant and she & the baby are doing really well.

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#335330 - 07/05/10 11:20 AM Re: Any advice on bi-polar? [Re: CruxFidelis]
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That's my understanding also. They must get their meds adjusted right by a good med-psychiatrist. And then they must stay on the meds. Bi-polars have a tendency to get off of their meds when they are feeling good. They don't think they need them anymore. And then they either misbehave or crash, neither of which is a desirable result.

Allen

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#335364 - 07/05/10 09:50 PM Re: Any advice on bi-polar? [Re: pufferfish]
CruxFidelis Offline


Registered: 06/16/10
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Bipolar isn't a noun, pufferfish.

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#338390 - 08/16/10 02:21 AM Re: Any advice on bi-polar? [Re: CruxFidelis]
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Registered: 04/23/10
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Thanks guys for the responses. My apologies for the delayed response. honestly forgot I had posted this.

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