It’s hard when your loved one living with bipolar disorder is ill or in crisis, but wellness can be challenging, too.
If your friend or loved one lives with bipolar disorder, it is natural to focus on supporting them when they are not doing so well, are ill, or in crisis. I am a caregiver (“carer” is the more usual term in the UK) for my best friend, Fran. In the seven years we’ve been friends, we’ve learned a lot about building a friendship flexible enough to weather the dynamic nature of her condition and its symptoms. I’m often asked how I handle things when Fran is in mania, depressed, or suicidal. Very few people ask what it’s like when she’s doing okay—but that’s not always easy either.