Mom, Dad, I’m Bipolar – So Now What?

Telling the people you care about, especially your parents, that you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness will likely be a difficult conversation.  Blaming them for your diagnosis is not a good way to begin the discussion, but it is important to know your family’s mental health history in order to better understand the root of your condition. Get information about other family members, past and present, who may have been known to suffer from a mental illness. Communicate your feelings about having this disease and ask how they feel about your diagnosis as well.  Learn as much as you can together in terms of symptoms, prognosis, and treatment.

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