How to be a good friend to someone with bipolar disorder


Marie Abanga:

I am glad to be am member of this queen’s court. Today is a month since my brother’s demise and I still worry if I was a good friend to him especially during his most mentally challenged episodes as a Bipolar, Schizoaffective D, and etc patient. Whatever be the case, I think I did my best and am gradually coming to terms with his passing on. I hope others benefit from posts like this, and I sure know much more now for my own self and for my pals with mental illness. Thank you Prozac Queen for sharing.

Originally posted on The Prozac Queen's Court:

(I’m publishing this again because I found a new resource that I think will be *immensely* helpful, both to you and your friend. Thanks to Healthline.com for bringing this to my attention!-PQ)

Hi, I’m [river in Ireland] (*cue twelve-step group greeting here*), and I have bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. To people who have known me for a long time, this isn’t usually much of a shock. Actually, I take that back. People who have known me and been close enough to have seen some rough times aren’t usually that surprised.  As for everyone else, my friendly and talkative exterior can hide pretty much anything I want it to.  I’ve had to use this skill a lot in the past because I have had some people find out that I have bipolar and not be very nice about it. I think my favorite comment was that I was…

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