When a parent has bipolar disorder, it often becomes a secret that nobody talks about. All children in this situation need some explanation and support, geared to their age, to help them understand bipolar disorder. This brochure will help parents begin talking to children about this often misunderstood disorder.
Answers to the following questions kids commonly have are included in the brochure:
- What is bipolar disorder? How does bipolar disorder work?
- Why does my dad act the way he does? How does it feel to have bipolar disorder? What goes on in my mom’s head when she’s not herself?
- What does a “low mood”, or depression, mean? What does it look like?
- What does a “high mood”, or mania, mean? What does it look like?
- How will bipolar disorder affect me? How will it affect my family?
- What causes bipolar disorder? How does it start?
- Will the bipolar disorder ever be fixed?
- How can my mom or dad get better?
- Is there anything I can do to make my mom or dad better?
- Will it happen to me? Will I get it too?
- Is there anything I can do so that I don’t get bipolar disorder?
- Can parents give it to other people? Is it like a cold? Can you catch bipolar disorder?
- What should I do if I am scared? What can I do when I’m really worried about my parent who has bipolar disorder?