Help for Parents of Children with Bipolar Disorder

Here are a few of my latest articles from Bp Magazine on the topic of children, teens and adults with bipolar disorder who live at home with parents or who are supported financially by parents. I will introduce the article with a short description and you can then visit the BpHope page for the full article. Please note that these articles are also great for partners and health care professionals.

If you are parent of a child of any age with bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, I hope you will join me on my closed Facebook page The Stable Table. (Partners can join me on The Stable Bed.)

The following article gives an outline of the system I teach to my coaching clients.  It is possible to help a child who refuses help. It is possible to keep yourself healthy while trying to navigate the world of a child who has all of the symptoms of bipolar or schizoaffective disorder, but refuses treatment. Here is the opening paragraph and a link to the BP Magazine article:


You’re supporting an adult child with bipolar. What are your needs?

This is the most important question I ask parents in my coaching practice. Parents are used to talking about what the child with bipolar needs. Rarely do they stop and think about what they need as parents. These needs can get lost and, in some cases, stay lost forever.

My goal is to help parents figure out what they need. Then they can discuss these needs—openly—with their child. At first, this can be very scary.

If I tell my child what I need, this will make my child really sick.

Click the link to read the full article. Reciprocal Relationships: Parenting Your Adult Child While Meeting Your Needs

One of my first articles on this topic is called The ‘Hijacked House’: Tips for Parents of Adult Children with Bipolar Disorder Living at Home

Oh, the relief you will feel when you know you’re not alone if you feel that your child, someone you love very much … has actually taken over your house and you feel like a hostage to his or her illness.

Finally, when it’s time to talk with a health care professional about an child, teen or adult kid with mental health symptoms, knowing how to report these symptoms in a way that actually gets your point across to a health care professional is essential. My article When Your Child Needs A Therapist: How To Effectively Report Symptoms teaches you to clearly and succinctly tell YOUR experience of the symptoms  you see in a child.

I also post my articles regularly on my Julie A. Fast Facebook page.



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