The bottomline is that bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness and despite large options in treatment and therapy, a person affected by it will never be able to offer you the kind of emotional and psychological support that a completely healthy partner can.
If you begin dating a patient of bipolar disorder, you are bound to feel that there are three people in the relationship – you, your partner and the disease.
Hannah Blum, an activist and blogger about bipolar issues, says that when she told her boyfriend about her diagnosis after eight months of dating, he began to use it to manipulate her.
“He was cheating on me and I confronted him about it.
Currently, medications for bipolar disorder do not effect everyone equally.
Although we usually explain mood swings in terms of highs and lows, it is not the case that bipolar individuals feel all great happy things when in a state of mania.
Instead, all the emotions one normally experiences are on a more intense setting.
But he clearly didn’t know, because he didn’t mention it and seemed quite happy sitting across from me at my local Mexican restaurant, as we waited on our fajitas, me on my second Margarita. I genuinely cannot remember how, but he asked me a question and I inwardly rolled my eyes because I knew the moment had come (a little earlier than I’d hoped), and I said: “It’s because I had a nervous breakdown and I have bipolar.” Nothing. He just said, “OK.” I think I may have asked him if he wasn’t scared.
He didn’t get up, throw some money on the table, make his excuses and hurry out. When I honestly say I can’t remember his exact answer, it’s because he was nonplussed. ’ No normal person would just shrug off the fact that the woman they’ve been dating for the past three weeks has a mental illness, surely.