Thursday, June 28, 2012

Violence and Those wtih Bipolar Disorder

David Oliver writes,

During a bipolar manic episode, your loved one may become violent, even if they have never been violent before.  During a depressive episode, they may still show violent behavior, only it will probably be self-directed.  Either way, you need to be prepared for this eventuality.   There are several ways to do this, as I outline on my website devoted to bipolar disorder, but I will go over a few of them in this article.

Following are some suggestions to minimize the risks of harm due to violence during a bipolar episode: 

·         Get rid of any knives, guns, or other weapons in your home, or keep them locked up (with only you or another person having the key).

·         Keep your loved one away from alcohol and drugs – they will only make the situation worse.

·         If you become frightened by your loved one, you may have to call the police.

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