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PostSubject: Bipolar Disorder: The Nine Worst Things to Say / The Eight Best Things to Say   Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:28 pm

You may have been surprised by your loved one’s diagnosis and his behavior may be very frustrating, but no matter what he does (or doesn’t do) and how upset you get, do your best to avoid saying the following:

-- You’re crazy.
-- This is your fault.
-- You’re not trying.
-- Everyone has bad times.
-- You’ll be okay — there’s no need to worry.
-- You’ll never be in a serious romantic relationship.
-- What's the matter with you?
-- I can’t help you.
-- You don’t have to take your moods out on me — I’m getting so tired of this.

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PostSubject: Re: Bipolar Disorder: The Nine Worst Things to Say / The Eight Best Things to Say   Sat Sep 04, 2010 2:31 pm

What should you say to be supportive and help your loved one to do his best to manage the condition without being too pushy? Some of the best words of encouragement include:

-- This is a medical illness and it is not your fault.
-- I am here. We'll make it through this together.
-- You and your life are important to me.
-- You’re not alone.
-- Tell me how I can help.
-- I might not know how you feel, but I’m here to support you.
-- Whenever you feel like giving up, tell yourself to hold on for another minute, hour, day — whatever you feel you can do.
-- Your illness doesn't define who you are. You are still you, with hopes and dreams you can attain.

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