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How can I help my friend who may have bipolar disorder?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you think a friend may have bipolar disorder, encourage him to see a doctor. Getting a diagnosis is the first step. He will then work with his doctor to figure out what treatment plan is best for him. In the meantime (and even after he gets a diagnosis), try to be as patient and understanding of his changing moods as your parents tried to be when you were a teenager. Listen closely while your friend talks, and continue inviting him to participate in positive activities like kickball, dinners, or going to the movies so he does not feel isolated.

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