What should I do if I become depressed while caring for my bipolar partner?

Advertisement
Advertisement
Ms. Julie A. Fast
Mental Health
Depression in partners of people with bipolar disorder is common, just as it's common for those who care for people with chronic, severe illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease. The paradox is that, because of the stigma often attached to mental illnesses, you as a caretaker of a person with bipolar disorder may not receive the support and compassion that someone who takes care of a person with a more obvious illness may receive. It's natural that you might feel depressed because of your situation. Much of this results from the helplessness you feel when you must play so many roles and be so many things in a relationship.

When people have cancer, they often keep their ability to reason even when their body is going through crises. When you have to help a partner who is no longer reasonable and may even be dangerous, it's natural that this would create depressive feelings. Know yourself and what you are capable of handling and then get help with the rest.
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series)

More About this Book

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series)

Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice...

Continue Learning about Depression

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.