TopicHow the Stigma Towards Mental Illness Harmed My Life
It might feel like your husband is in bipolar episodes all Focus Max the time, but in reality that just isn't true. More often than not, your husband will be in between episodes, or in what are called "normal periods." During these normal periods, try to do things with your husband that are enjoyable to both of you. Get him out of the house. Get together with friends and family. Go to community events. Go to the movies or out to your favorite restaurant. Do the things that you were putting off doing during his episodes.
Although it's true that you are married, part of supporting a bipolar husband is also being a friend to him. Before you were married, you probably started off as friends as well. Try to remember that, and be your husband's best friend. Just be there for him and support him in any way that he needs. If he just needs to talk, be that best friend for him to talk to, so that there is a sense of trust and he can share openly and honestly whatever is on his mind. Then just listen, without judging him.
Probably the most important thing about supporting a bipolar husband is being supportive of yourself and meeting your own needs first. I know that might sound selfish, but believe me, it isn't. Too many supporters of a spouse with bipolar disorder suffer from burnout just because they didn't take care of themselves first. If you don't take care of yourself first, how can you take care of your husband? You need to make sure you keep a good balance between your work life and your home life especially.