Pierre asks: 'I have Bipolar II disorder and find it difficult to manage my relationship with my husband and child when I am having episodes. My husband is also in therapy to understand the disorder and learning coping techniques in dealing with my Bipolar. However, at times, when I am depressed I become distant which impacts on my child and when I have hypomanic episodes towards the end of it I become irritable and short tempered. How can I circumvent the effects of this with regard to my family. I am diligent when it comes to my medication but it does not take the symptoms away completely. Your advice will be greatly appreciated.'
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