Bipolar - reverting to child-like mentality

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needhelp32
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   Posted 2/7/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you ladies who have bipolar II ever revert to a "child like" mentality and behavior? And what causes it?

Examples: whining or pouting about getting things, finding comfort childhood items (listening primarily to disney pop stars, wanting to sing kid songs, listen to child/teen singers, watching tons of disney movies, buying baby dolls, obsess over youtube videos of kids and children, etc?) My wife who I have talked about in another discussion has bipolar II and I wanted to know how I am supposed to react when she reverts to this "push/pull" child mentality? Anyone whom knows what I am talking about please help. Thank you so much.

- Stephen

tortoise11
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   Posted 2/7/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't humor it.  She wants you to save her from herself - which you can't do.  Give her the space she needs to be responsible for herself.  Like give her a hug and say "I love you but I can't fix this for you"  and go mow the lawn or something.

needhelp32
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   Posted 2/7/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Those kinds of child like episodes can last days or even a week. How is it best to handle that kind of needy and push/pull situation that helps her and does not hurt me?

tortoise11
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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
There is an awesome book titled "Boundaries."  It is written from a Christian perspective, but valuable lessons for anyone.  It might help you a lot.

bipolarrr
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   Posted 2/23/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
i myself suffer from bipolar i feel i know exactly how she feels, when she reverts to these childish states you need to show her a lot love and support as it is very stressfull and frustrating to feel this way, i often flip into childish states where i want to go to the beach and zoo and feel there the only things that will make me happy, my boyfreind doesnt understand it and gets very annoyed with me this just makes me feel scared and vunerable ( as a child would) she does need to learn how to cope with these feelings herself but you could start helping by showing her the way and advising her of things to make her feel more intact with her adult self as you are in a normal frame of mind and she isnt therefore doesnt understand in her own mind what is a rational course of action is and what isnt
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