How can I help my adult child with bipolar disorder?

Here are some ways you can help an adult child with bipolar disorder:
  • remember to treat your child as the adult he or she is, even your child is acting in an immature manner
  • encourage treatment and offer support
  • remember that you have limits; do not become abused either emotionally or financially by a child suffering from a manic or hypomanic episode.
  • be cautious when lending money as bipolar individuals do not exhibit reasonable thinking skills and can spend recklessly
  • remind loved ones that it can take time to find the right talk therapy or medication and that they can't give up

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