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A 32-year-old member asked:

My cousin's bi polar is affecting me mentally. could it be rubbing off on me?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Bipolar disorder: Is not contagious, but dealing with someone whose bipolar disorder is not well managed can certainly be stressful and challenging. You need to evaluate what you expect of yourself and how to not be pulled into your cousin's dysfunctional emotions and behaviors. A mental health professional could be very helpful in understanding your cousin and managing your own stress.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my cousin's bi polar is affecting me mentally?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Taxing?: If you're becoming upset in some way that is related to someone else's bipolar disorder, it isn't the bipolar disorder, per se, that is causing this. Bipolar disorder is not contagious. But, dealing with someone's uncontrolled symptoms can be taxing to a loved one. Look for a balance for yourself that allows you to stay healthy.
Last updated Aug 9, 2013

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