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Bipolar Disorder, as with any major illness, affects the entire family. Found here are resources that address family issues such as adoption, parenting, pregnancy and support.
  1. Adoption (5)
  2. How Family Can Help (12)
  3. Pregnancy (17)

When Do You Say Enough is Enough?
My husband's behavior is out of control, says Ann. He has bipolar I with psychotic features and refuses to stop drinking. I just don't know what to do any more. Should I say - enough is enough?

Successful Strategies for Coping With Family Dinners and Get-Togethers
Meals with family for holidays and other occasions may be very stressful for someone who has bipolar disorder, whether you are hosting the family dinner or going to a relative's or friend's house. Readers share the successful strategies they have found to help them prepare for family get-togethers and tell how well and why they work. See...See submissions

When Family Doesn't Listen, Maybe They Can't Listen
It happens over and over again to people with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. You tell your family what's happening, how you feel, and the next thing you know they are changing the subject or giving some noncommittal answer, and you are just furious. It is possible they don't care or don't believe you, but more likely, they just...

Daddy's Disorder
A young teenager gives her perspective on her father's bipolar disorder, from the ways he has helped her understand the highs and lows to how she feels about his suicide attempts.

Family Member's Bipolar Disorder Out of Control - Readers' Thoughts
When a family member, especially a spouse or partner, has bipolar disorder and doesn't try to get it under control, when is it time to give up? About.com Bipolar Disorder readers tackle this tough question.

The Struggle of a Significant Other
We often read of the difficulties and trials, of the frustrations with medications, of the sense of isolation for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In all of this, it is easy to forget that loved-ones and significant others are faced with as much emotional upheaval. This is the story of a wife as she struggles along side her husband after his initial diagnosis.

How To Explain Bipolar Disorder to Others
The popular impression of manic depression is quite different from the reality. If you need to tell someone what bipolar disorder is, here are some helpful hints to assist you.

Family Support for Bipolar Disorder - Ideas for Family Members to Help You Cope
The support and help of family members can make a big difference to a person with bipolar disorder. Tell others how you want your family to be supportive and help you cope with having BP.

Regaining Perspective
A few suggestions for regaining perspective in living with the realities of Bipolar Disorder.

Supporting Grown Children?
What do you think about parents being ordered to support grown children who are disabled by mental illness?

60 Tips for Helping
If you have a family member with neurobiological disorder ("NBD," commonly known as mental illness), found here are tips for handling a crisis, communicating, avoiding relapses, setting boundaries and coping.

Giving Emotional Support
Two short but right to the point lists: What to do, and what NOT to do.

The Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Sex
The impact of bipolar disorder on sex can be frustrating or even devastating to self-esteem and relationships. The mood swings and the complications of treatment far too often push these normal tensions to extreme behavior and dysfunction. Mania often leads to hypersexuality and for some, sex addictions. Depression and medication side effects can kill libido bringing sex to a grinding halt. So what is a person to do?

How Has Bipolar Disorder Affected Your Sexuality?
How has bipolar disorder affected your sexuality? Share your story and read what others have had to say.

Lamictal and Pregnancy
Information and guidelines about the use of Lamictal and the generic lamotrigine during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Marriage & Manic Depression
About Bipolar Disorder forum member Hope tells the story of her marriage to a husband with bipolar disorder. The struggles she fought and the decisions she made illustrate the difficulties such a marriage can hold.

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