If a person falls ill from a psychosis or bipolar disorder, he/she perceives him/herself and the environment as being altered. In contrast, they also appear to be foreign to those with whom they interact and appear to no longer be familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. Whether this occurs suddenly or subtly, whether their moods and drive are involved or not - it represents a very frightening experience and a heavy burden for all close relatives, partners or friends - already long before a diagnosis has been made, to say nothing of other helpful measures which are seen to come into play. The closer the coexistence, the greater is the uncertainty. Nevertheless, maintaining one's familiarity and keeping the family functioning is a great challenge.
In the event of psychological crises, relatives must demonstrate both composure and attentiveness at the same time. They must maintain a balance between attention and restriction, and between sympathy and reflection. They require mutual encouragement, but also professional information and support. However, relatives are not only parents and partners. Siblings, children or even other acquaintances are affected as well. Whether father, mother, sister, brother, daughter, son, grandmother, grandfather, every individual is important to provide encouragement and normality. Each of them alone, however, is also confronted with particular burdens, questions and challenges.
In the section entitled "Important information for relatives", the following aspects should be addressed:
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