Talking, writing, or drawing about death, such as writing suicide notes.
Talking about things that can cause harm, such as pills, guns, or knives.
Spending long periods of time alone.
Giving away possessions.
Acting aggressive or suddenly appearing calm.
Get help for you
If a loved one has bipolar disorder, it may be helpful for you to get counseling to deal with its impact on your own life. Manic episodes can be particularly hard. Talk with a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, or a licensed professional counselor for your own therapy.
Counseling can also be helpful for a child who has a bipolar parent. The parent's mood swings may negatively affect the child. This can cause tearfulness, anger, depression, or rebellious behavior.