People who have Bipolar Disorder often have a hard time sleeping.
It's true that individuals with bi-polar disorder must remain vigilant (and their loved ones can be drawn into this care-taker role), but the experience of living with bi-polar disorder doesn't have to be an interminable roller coaster. I really cant help it as much as I wish Icould because I hate feeling this way.
My bipolar and OCD are at a high right now and im struggling to function and not lose my cool or let me emotions take over. Maybe reading this will hwlp you understand alittle better that sometimes I really cant control my actions.
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I don't want to down-play any of the serious issues raised here, however, as someone who has lived with bi-polar disorder for over thirteen years, I think it's also important to provide some hope for family members and for people who are coming to terms with the diagnosis.
I'm happy to say that after a few years of struggle, I was able to find the right medication, balanced with self-care (including sleep, exercise, and diet), that has allowed me to thrive personally and professionally.
The support of family, friends, and therapists made it possible for me to reclaim my life after two hospitalizations.
Though you may try to believe you're fine and you have made the best of the situation, talking things out may help reduce your own frustration and anxiety.
Finally, there is a wonderful organization called NAMI. The organization offers groups in many communities in which you can meet others who have loved ones with mental illness, and you can also work with others to advocate for greater understanding of mental illness.
Loved ones can find themselves walking on eggshells because they never know what to expect next.
In addition, when the sufferer goes into a manic cycle, the inability to sleep can disrupt the whole house.
The situation is more difficult when the loved ones aren't ware of what the problem is. If the loved ones don't understand how the disorder works, they can get caught in a cycle of trying to figure out why the person changes so much.