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.