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Can my friend’s bipolar kill our relationship?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Anytime you’re dealing with someone who has bipolar disorder, or any mental health disorder for that matter, it can put a strain on your relationship. It is stressful, tiring, and daunting to deal with dramatic mood swings and inconsistent and abnormal behavior. If you’re taking care of your friend, you’re even more closely tied to the ups and downs, and that can be very stressful. Don’t forget to take care of yourself while taking care of your friend.
Ellen Frudakis
Health Education
Bipolar Disorder can put an overwhelming amount of pressure on your friendship, but it doesn't have to end it. Ask how you can help, be honest if you are struggling, communicate if you need time to yourself to sort through your feelings. The worst thing for me with friends was when they just disappeared without telling me why. I think they wanted to keep from hurting me, perhaps they thought that telling me directly they couldn't be my friend would be upsetting, but the not knowing was much worse for me. 

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