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    Know the signs

    • Learn the warning signs for suicide. They include:
      • Drinking alcohol heavily or taking illegal drugs.
      • 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.

    Find out how to help a person during a manic episode.

    To learn more about how you can help your loved one with depression, see:

    actionset.gif Depression: Helping Someone Get Treatment.
    actionset.gif Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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