How to Communicate with a Bipolar Person

Living, working, or socializing successfully with a bipolar person means learning how to effectively communicate with them. Good communication allows both of you to talk about what is happening when manic or depressive episodes arise, and what triggers them. Good communication also allows you to know what types of situations to avoid, or how to lessen the consequences.

Fast Facts:

  • Asking the person direct questions is the best way to find out their needs.
  • Psychiatrists say that sufferers are often too ashamed to tell the people they love what they are going through.
  • Let them know that they are not alone and you are there to help.
  • You should avoid ever saying "It's all in your head."