A friend has been diagnosed with bi-polar personality disorder.  I now am wondering if it will be more difficult for her to forgive.

The bi-polar diagnosis occurs when the person presents with some symptoms of psychosis (or a break with rationality).  Of course, there are other symptoms, but we will not discuss them here.  When the person is in a psychotic episode, it would be best not to discuss forgiveness.  When the person is showing more rationality, when the person can think concretely in terms of causes and consequences, then it may be appropriate to explore forgiving those at whom your friend is very angry.  The diminishing of the anger may reduce some of the symptoms of the diagnosed condition.

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