Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder that affects a person’s functioning in multiple ways. With a person fluctuating between episodes of mania and depression, Bipolar disorder can cause a complete breakdown in a person’s functioning. However, the disorder also causes severe distress to a person’s family as well.
Family therapy for Bipolar disorder aims at addressing issues and conflicts within the family that might be a source or trigger for the individual’s condition. It also aims to help the family gain an understanding of the disorder, help them adapt to their loved ones’ condition, and helps them keep a track of their loved ones’ recovery journey. With family therapy, any feelings of guilt or blame are addressed, and the individual is provided with a safe space or environment in which they can heal.