The best way to help someone with a diagnosed mental illness is to encourage them to take any prescribed medications and follow through with the treatment plan made by her physician. If she has a mental health therapist encourage her to attend the therapy sessions on a regular basis. Being that she is your sister, she can also benefit from maintaining a good relationship with good communication as well.
Patricia Harris | MA, LPC
* Actively participate in her treatment.
* Monitor her mood, sleep, stressors, cognitive function, and her overall
quality of life. This will help her identify if her medications are working, and
understand what triggers her episodes.
* Establish a daily routine that includes good sleep hygiene as sleep
deprivation triggers manic episodes.
* And most importantly, have a safety plan with warning signs, coping
strategies, and support resources.