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What should I do if family or friends have been hurt by my bipolar disorder?

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Listen. After all that you've been through, you may not want to hear the concerns of your family and friends. But the fact is that your bipolar disorder does affect the people around you. During a manic or depressive phase, you may have upset people you care about. So try to hear them out and see things from their point of view. If you've hurt people, apologize. Let them know that you didn't mean to act the way you did, and reassure them that you're getting treatment.

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The Nations Voice on Mental Illness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

American Psychiatric Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002. The Lancet,

Kaufman, K. , June 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fourth edition, Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

American Psychiatric Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002. The Lancet,

Kaufman, K. , June 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

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