How do these symptoms affect the loved ones of these people? Parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers see these individuals pass between depression and mania, and they see what a toll it takes on them.One of the realities for the loved ones is they begin to understand that they cannot expect the person to always be consistent; they know the mood and behavior can significantly change.
His depressive state had caused him to use alcohol as a sort of self-medication.
In many ways he was the most in need of help, but he always had the kindest words of encouragement for me and for others in the group.
While other disorders, such as depression and anxiety, may work in cycles or waves, Bipolar Disorder requires constant, vigilant management.
The disorder is typically managed by daily medication and talk therapy.
Once I got over needing to have a cartoon as my life partner, I found the love of my life in a package much different than the Disney caricature.
Believe it or not, I actually met my husband at an AA meeting.
It may skulk away in its own good time; but while it's present, you have no choice but to honor it.
Telling a depressed person they're not depressed, or that they have no right to be, is simply illogical and rude.
Every girl who is looking for her Prince Charming always envisions a tall, dark and handsome man.
Few descriptions of this person ever describe his mental condition; however, psychology tells us that if a person is tall, dark and handsome, the halo effect that we ascribe to him will automatically include intelligence, wit and mental stability.
I asked around to see if his behavior changed just to get me on a date.