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How do I tell my children about my bipolar disorder?

International Bipolar Foundation
International Bipolar Foundation
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Be mindful that it is natural for children to have great difficulty understanding the reason behind your behavior when you are experiencing symptoms. When you are of sound mind, engage in a calm and compassionate discussion with your children. Explain that your past behaviors are not an indication of a lack of love. Show them that you are there for them as a parent now. Your actions today will help counter those of the past. Remember to tailor your conversation to your children's developmental age. If they are able to comprehend more abstract concepts, consider engaging them, along with your spouse and other adult members of your family, in education about bipolar disorder. It might be particularly beneficial to also engage them in family therapy, to help process emotions and reactions and improve the overall household dynamic.

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