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Does your family effect your mental health issues while living with Bipolar Disorder?

kathleenpilon

Bipolar Disorder can be extremely hard to understand if you do not live with it personally. Reaching out to family and friends can be the hardest part of living with a mental illness. Do you find your family and friends tend to forget that you have Bipolar Disorder and think your actions/reactions are misunderstood as being mad/sad/immature/overreacting for no reason. I find I have this issue within my circle of family and friends almost daily. If you have this issue, do you have any tips to help loved ones truly understand your illness other than reading an article online or having a deep talk which leads nowhere? 
Jun 13, 2019 @ 06:20 pm

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Karlyles1Nana

Misunderstood....UNDERSTATEMENT :(

Unfortunately if they dont suffer from this disorder, they can never fully understand. I also get there point of view too though, we, who suffer from bipolar disorder, can never really understand what they go through being in our lives...and that's a kind of suffering in it's own! I'm the type that isolates myself...I like to be alone...I avoid conflict because I cant handle the feeling of anxiety and to avoid conflict I tend to avoid people all together and my family, always, get offended because I hate to talk on the phone..or I dont reach out enough to make plans...they feel like avoid them to be an asshole no matter how many times I've told them that it's my own issues and has nothing to do with how I feel about them , I've begged them to try to understand but they continue to believe I dont care about these relationships which makes me want to isolate myself more because I feel like they are all talking about me behind my back ..and really I'm dying inside just wishing I could be normal..I would love to be social and feel close to everyone but its next to impossible when I get no understanding...wouldn't it be nice if someone could come up with some kind of perfect way to just make everyone know exactly what we go through so they can understand us better...its so hard because no matter how many videos they watch or books they read or advice they get...everyone with bipolar goes through it differently...its not the same for any two people so it's not possible to get the right information from outside sources and it's hard for us to explain our individual struggles to them ourselves because sometimes there aren't enough right words to get through to people so that they truly understand....although I wasnt of any help to your post at least you know someone out there understands your struggle sometimes that can be comforting good luck to ya :)
Jan 06, 2020 @ 07:06 am
Anonymous

Re BiPolar

I have bi polar and do after strongly that other family members sort of ignore it or if I'm in tears and asked what is wrong I say I don't know buts it feels like they don't really understand the ups and downs of it,awful to say but in my option unless you have it no one can understand what your saying even though you have to take medication to which I hate
Jan 31, 2020 @ 05:18 am
ChachaaK

Mental illness

This issue is very serious and people seem to think that it’ll go away but no, it doesn’t get help and don’t be ashamed to ask for help as well as receiving it
Jan 31, 2020 @ 06:38 am
hottkat

Mental illness

I don't have Bipolar but so struggle with extreme anxiety and I hink it's a mix up...some family members are really supportive whereas others feel it's an annoyance! Never be ashamed for asking for help! There will be good and bad days no matter what.
Feb 01, 2020 @ 12:25 am
heidi47

Check out The Mighty

I don't have Bipolar disorder, but I have other Mental Health conditions. A website that can be a great resource is called The Mighty. If you haven't heard of it, it is a website where folks with various disabilities write articles, usually on personal narratives.

These can be very reassuring that you aren't the only one with your condition or symptoms. They are also highly shareable. If you find one that particularly speaks to you, you can share it with friends or family directly, or post it on social media. Hope this helps.
Feb 01, 2020 @ 09:38 pm
Kellyb35

Your not alone

I don't have bipolar, i surrer with my mental health but i am lucky in the way that my family and friends are patient and understanding. That makes my coping with my struggles alot easier. Ive never used any groups surrounding mental health myself but have heard that to some people they are a great help. Some people find it easier to talk to strangers thsn they do there love ones. Not sure if this would be something you'd want to try but if it is maybe its worth looking into. I hope your situation improves.😘 x
Feb 03, 2020 @ 06:16 pm

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