All relationships can be challenging at times, and illness such as bipolar disorder, also commonly known as manic depression, can add an extra layer of difficulty and stress on relationships whether they are within families or with other loved ones. with. If bipolar parents discover that their child also has the disorder, there may be challenges of coping with the illness, along with feelings of guilt.
Is manic depression hereditary?
The question of whether bipolar disorder is hereditary has been well researched and documented despite common misconceptions among the public. If you have relatives with bipolar disorder, there is an 85% -90% chance that you will not get the disease.
Being close to someone with bipolar disorder, understanding the disease and knowing what action to take when the mood swings, can be stressful and confusing as well as putting obvious stress on the relationship. A trustworthy and respectful relationship to support the person with bipolar is a great help as is setting up some sort of action plan on what to do and how to best communicate when warning signs appear.
It can take time for both bipolar and their loved ones to adjust to the disease and accept the long-term nature of the disease and its effect on their relationship. It is important to recognize that bipolar disease does not define the individual, but there is a lot of information about the disorder, and it helps to know that all parties involved can be helped.
If you have bipolar or are close to someone with bipolar disorder, the Moodswings website offers a resource for disease as well as an online self-help program.
Or if you are a close relative, partner or friend who is experienced in dealing with bipolar disorder of a loved one, and want to help develop guidelines that may be useful to caregivers in similar situations, See the section for caregivers at MoodSwings.