American author Wendy Mass said “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – This is something I personally believe in.
What someone is passing through can be a disease, a disorder or a daily struggle. Taking into consideration that people do not speak about any of this at once, it is our duty to be kind at all time. Today I choose to discuss a disorder we occasionally hear about: bipolar disorder
Per the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder is defined as a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. There are four types of bipolar disorder:
- Bipolar I disorder
- Bipolar II disorder
- Cyclothymic Disorder
How can we help someone struggling with bipolar disorder? Below are three simple tips:
- Educate yourself about the disorder: Before doing something that can harm the other person instead of helping them, you should learn what bipolar (this article is a great start!). The more you know about this disorder, the more you feel ready to offer your help.
- Be positive, patient and understanding: Dealing with bipolar disorder is tiring for everybody. That’s why you should be patient when someone you know has bipolar. Accept the fact that your friend might suddenly feel depressed or sad without a reason. Always say positive things like “you are going to be okay” and “you can do this”, as this will help a lot.
- Encourage the person to ask for help: Even though many believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness, it is NOT. To seek help means that the person is brave enough to share their struggle. If you encourage the person you care about to ask for professional help, you are telling them that they shouldn’t be afraid to speak up.