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How should I tell my friends that I have bipolar disorder?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Telling friends that you have bipolar disorder may be more difficult than telling family members, depending on the length and nature of the friendship. Some of your friends may have already experienced your mania or depression, which may help you explain to them what bipolar disorder is and how it affects your life. If you have a group of friends with whom you spend a lot of time, you might have them over for dinner and tell them all at once. If you have individual friends who don't know each other, you'll need to tell them one at a time. Taking a walk or meeting in a park or a private location is a good setting for this important conversation.
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