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Hello,

I have recently discovered that a close friend of mine is suffering from bipolar disorder and was wondering if anyone had any advice about how to go about it, i.e. what support to give, anything I should be aware of etc.?
I am someone who has suffered from anxiety and depression in the past, and am currently in a clear spell, but have never had any experience of bipolar.

Thank you.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Hello,

I have recently discovered that a close friend of mine is suffering from bipolar disorder and was wondering if anyone had any advice about how to go about it, i.e. what support to give, anything I should be aware of etc.?
I am someone who has suffered from anxiety and depression in the past, and am currently in a clear spell, but have never had any experience of bipolar.

Thank you.
Hope this helps:
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/bi...r-disorder.htm
http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorde...e-with-bipolar
http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/Page..._friend_family
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I was diagnosed with bipolar a few years ago, but I've taken medication and it's nowhere near as severe as it use to be. I will remain anonymous because I know people on here (if any of you know who I am by the way I type, ah well )

When your friend goes through a depressed episode or starts getting frustrated, don't just bugger off. Just let her know that you're there for them, but don't expect them to explain why they're feeling this way, and if they do, please don't pretend that you understand how they're feeling.

The links that the person above has posted seem quite helpful.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I was diagnosed with bipolar a few years ago, but I've taken medication and it's nowhere near as severe as it use to be. I will remain anonymous because I know people on here (if any of you know who I am by the way I type, ah well )

When your friend goes through a depressed episode or starts getting frustrated, don't just bugger off. Just let her know that you're there for them, but don't expect them to explain why they're feeling this way, and if they do, please don't pretend that you understand how they're feeling.

The links that the person above has posted seem quite helpful.
Thank you both I don't want to say anything specific in case she sees, but it's just quite a shock more than anything!
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http://www.brown.edu/Courses/BI_278/...20Disorder.pdf

I know it mightn't offer practical support/ways on helping your friend through it but that link gives the most thorough and proper description of bipolar disorder you could possibly hope for, and it highlights just how severe an illness it is for anyone who thinks it's "just mood swings".
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