A few weeks ago, we shared an article speaking about the struggle Kanye was having with his Bipolar Disorder. People across the globe had lots of opinions ranging from compassion and understanding…to outright vitriol and teasing.
Within that article, we highlighted the fact that all mental health concerns are valid, even the ones that are less well-known and ‘trendy’. All conditions are important, even when they’re ugly.
Over the last couple of days, Kanye appears to be having another manic episode, sharing hundreds of tweets which were confusing and nonsensical. He shared a video of himself urinating on a Grammy award and also shared confidential details of his Universal contract via screenshots of texts. This behaviour appears to have stemmed from a dispute with his record label. The rant lasted several hours, during which he violated the Twitter’s code of conduct after he shared the personal contact details of a magazine editor he called ‘a white supremacist’. His account was then suspended temporarily.
What About Kim?
While the focus of Kanye’s newest worrying behaviour centred on support for him, we mustn’t forget that he has both a wife and several children at home. Previously, Kim Kardashian released a statement about Kanye’s condition, explaining that “We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most…”
Kim has stood by Kanye’s side throughout his journey and continues to do so and has been extremely compassionate, despite some of Kanye’s tweets saying that he wishes to divorce her. Many people across social media have asked her to ‘step in’ and ‘help Kanye’, however she outlined in her statement that this is not as easy as it seems. “Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” Kardashian West wrote. “People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
So, it can be difficult to have a person suffering from Bipolar access the help they need, even when they are prone to explosive episodes and reckless behaviour.
How To Cope When Someone Close Suffers From Bipolar
Importantly, Kim continues to offer full support to her husband and this is what is key when finding compassion for someone who has Bipolar. Their behaviour when having an episode is likely out of character for them and having a strong, stable influence in their lives is incredibly important.
Here, we look at the things Kim Kardashian has been doing to support Kanye West – to give you tips on how you can also cope.
#1 Learning About Bipolar Disorder
The best thing you can do in this situation is to learn as much as you can about Bipolar Disorder and everything that goes along with it. Being informed about the condition is a great way to make sure you can deal with your loved one’s emotions.
#2 Don’t Take Things Personally
Remember, when someone close to you is having a manic episode, they may say and do things they don’t mean. While upsetting and often scary, try not to take their actions and words to heart. It isn’t their fault.
#3 Encouraging Them To Get Help
While you can’t force them to get help if they’re over 18, you can encourage them to seek assistance. The sooner Bipolar is treated, the better!
#4 Be Empathetic and Patient
Someone who has Bipolar will not get better straight away, and it will probably be a hard journey. Walk with them through their recovery journey and remind them that you care.
#5 Know Your Own Limits
Don’t forget about number one! You can help as much as you can, but don’t stress yourself out to the point where you are also suffering. Try to gather support from your network, or a support group for the loved ones of Bipolar.