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Bipolar Disorder
You have consistently expressed your need for help with Bipolar Disorder and the relationships in your life.  We were listening and we are responding.

You are the patient, the person who has bipolar disorder or the families, friends, and partners of people with bipolar disorder. You are here because you have not given up or decided to walk away; however, many of you are quite similar in that you are or have been tired and exhausted by the control your loved one's illness may have taken over your lives.

Crisis situations may seem hopeless but there are options and choices,  though some may be very difficult to entertain at the time. Typical relationships certainly have their ups and downs, but add bipolar disease to the mix and these issues are greatly accentuated.

You may be using coping methods that no longer work or you may be in need of novel suggestions altogether. The truth is, bipolar disorder is a relatively predictable and frequently treatable illness. Family members and friends, while they hold considerable power and control, are often the forgotten participants in the bipolar disorder process; therefore, it is as critical to help them - those who are available and willing to help  as it is those diagnosed with the disease. These are the goals of the "Bipolar Relationships" Column.

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