How to Help Your Loved One

As a partner to a loved one with bipolar depression, you play a vital role in their care. You are someone they can trust and rely on for support—someone who can help them make important treatment decisions.

You May Be the First to Know

When you have a close relationship with a loved one or family member, you may be the first one to notice symptoms. You may even be aware of them before your loved one. Take the first step by filling out a short questionnaire that may help you and your loved one’s doctor gain insight into your loved one’s symptoms. Working together with the doctor as part of a team may be helpful. You can talk over treatment options and go over how your loved one is feeling. Another important role you have is being an extra ear. Listening and jotting down notes at the doctor appointment can be helpful.

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Just Listening Can Make Such a Difference

You may not realize it, but just listening and being there for a loved one or family member who is dealing with the depression and manic symptoms of bipolar disorder can be helpful. That way, they’re reminded that they are not alone. Here are a few reasons you are an essential part of your loved one’s care:

  • Bringing distractions and fun into their lives
  • Easing up the loneliness
  • Noticing symptoms or changes in behavior
  • Reminding them of their strengths
  • Having meals together
  • Helping them rest (that may mean a nap for you, too)
Caregiver Mood Disorder Questionnaire

Provide your loved one’s doctor with insights about their symptoms. Use this short questionnaire to guide your conversation.

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Help Your Loved One Discuss Bipolar Depression

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Track Your Loved One's Moods

Use the Daily Mood Monitor to help get a better idea of how your loved one is feeling. Share the results together at their next doctor appointment.

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