want to help a friend
one of my friends recently opened up to me about some things she's worried about. She's thinking she may be bipolar or schizophrenic. she said her moods switch frequently and she can go from being really hyper to feeling depressed in a short space of time. She also believes strongly that there is a small child following her around all the time, who sometimes turns evil and scares her. And that she often hears voices in her head telling her to do things. Are these common signs of either of these 'disorders' (if thats the right word to use?)?
i want to be able to help her and be there for her, and even though i've looked online for research, i feel that i don't know enough about either disorder to help her or advise her what to do.