Feel free to check out my book on relationships, While there is a lot of truth in this article, it seems to speak to people who are in the earliest phases of addressing a bi-polar diagnosis, or people who have trouble managing their disorder.

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 the loved ones would prefer not to worry about this, they know what happens when the sufferer goes off his or her meds.

One of the most helpful things you can do if you have a loved one with this disorder is to find a friend who has a loved one with this disorder, too, or find a therapist with whom you can discuss how this affects you.

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.

Know that if someone's mood appears to change a lot more than yours, they probably have a mood disorder.

Overall, loving someone with Bipolar Disorder creates fear and anxiety in the loved ones.

The loved ones learn that medication often does a good job managing the symptoms, so the loved ones become extra cautious and almost parental: "Did you take your medication today?

Bipolar Disorder is one of the most severe mental disorders a person could have.

The lives of those suffering from it are hugely impacted by it.

If you share a bed with the person, you may wake up at 4 a.m. You may be further upset when you find that he or she has been up for the third night in a row, unable to lay in bed and sleep.