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What should I know to care for someone with bipolar disorder?

To care for someone with bipolar disorder, encourage them to take their medications as prescribed and to attend all counseling appointments. Remind them to do this even when they are feeling better, because their symptoms will come back, and they may get more severe over time. Be aware of the early signs of a manic or depressive episode so that you are ready to call the doctor and help identify various patterns or triggers to the episodes. Also, encourage your loved one to stop using drugs or alcohol, and remind them to get plenty of sleep and exercise.

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