Have you ever asked someone “what’s wrong” out of compassion or good nature and find that it just made things worse? It’s as if they were “ok” one minute, and after you ask them what’s wrong, the floodgates of emotions burst open. Maybe they even got angry, which in turn made you upset or extremely confused for trying your best to help.
Or, how many times has someone asked YOU “what’s wrong” and all you can do is say “I’m fine” because you don’t want to explain (or relive) what’s troubling you? Are there better questions we can ask that might reduce the chances of a negative response or outcome? Sure there are and that’s exactly what we are going to talk about today on Polar Warriors Bipolar Support!
PLEASE NOTE: There is NOTHING wrong with asking what’s troubling someone – especially if it’s out of love. I don’t want you to think that you can’t ask someone “what’s wrong” or that those who have Bipolar Disorder are so “sensitive” that you can’t even ask a question like this. I just want to point out some different ways of approaching someone in times of distress that might be a more effective way of reaching them.
If you found this video helpful or have suggestions of better ways to communicate with others during times of distress, please share them with the community in the comments below. We all learn so much from listening to the stories of those who post in the comments, so any feedback is greatly appreciated. Please keep the comments constructive in order for them to remain on the video. We’re all here to help each other grow – even if we don’t always agree on a topic =)
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