the only stages are the highs and lows a person goes through because of bipolar. the best thing for you to do is read up on bipolar so you can understand what it is. then just be there for your friend. support your friend.
here's a couple of good books
the bipolar disorder survival guide by dr david miklowitz
bipolar disorder for dummies by candida fink
the first book is the better book in my opinion, but the second book is easier to read and understand.View Thread
alters can vary in physical ailments. when switching, some people might feel fuzzy before it happens, or feel the nearness of their alters, or it may happen at the drop of a hat. depends on the person and the situation.
like dd said, this is something best brought up with your therapist. your therapist is there to help you. the questions may seem like prying, but if you aren't giving him/her the information that is needed to help you, they have to try to pry it out. so talk with your therapist. say what is going on. without your participation then therapy becomes a waste of time. you have to participate in your healing process. no one can fix it for you. you have to do your part.
tell your pdoc that your symptoms are coming back so you can get your meds tweaked or changed.View Thread
it could be that or simply the inability to be still. i've been that way my whole life, long before ever being put on psychotropic meds. some part of my body has to be constantly moving. if it is creating a problem for you though, definitely talk to your doc about it.View Thread