So I’m no expert on what all being bipolar is, but being in an education class, I just want to know what are the big 3 things that people need to know about a bipolar person? Going into teaching, this is always a possibility to have a student who is bipolar, so apart from swinging moods, what’s important to know?
Hi! Thank you for asking and being sensitive to those who you may run into that have Bipolar Disorder. I am going to tell you what I think are the three most important things to know about a person with this disease. Remember, this is my opinion and somebody else may have another one. I am not always right but I believe these three to be the most important.
- The Bipolar person needs compassion and understanding. Too many times we are judged and labeled things that we are not.
- The person who you think may be Bipolar needs to be told lovingly what it wrong or through a parent or caregiver. Sometimes it is very difficult to approach the person.
- Be understanding. Try to remember the person with the disease doesn’t like it and often do not like the way they are acting.
These are three things I wish people had done with me. I was way out of control in my teens and my parents punished me instead of tried to help me. I suggest helping before judging in any matter. I got help in my early twenties and have been medicated since. This last year has been the worst I have ever had with four hospitalizations and medication issues.
I hope in your teaching career that you can have compassion on these people and take the time to listen and help them.