If you happen to be dating someone with bipolar disorder here are some tips to help you.The intense zeal for life or passion of your significant other may be what attracted you to them.
Sufferers of Bipolar Disorder do tend to swing between these two extremes of mania and depression spells but those are typically more severe.
An example of mania would be going a few days without sleep and a depressive spell may mirror depression you have only seen in the movies, not just being disheartened. It can be treated effectively through counseling and sometimes goes away.
Premarital counseling is recommended if you are considering marriage, as committed relationships with individuals who truly do have bipolar disorder can be challenging.
As mentioned above, they must have a true diagnosis of Bipolar.
People with bipolar are known to self-harm and may test your patience.
You may not be able to “fix” the problem and there may be more drama than normal; this is not to say that you should not marry someone with Bipolar Disorder or that if you have Bipolar Disorder you should not get married.
Your boyfriend or girlfriend is lucky to have you in his or her life and chances are you are lucky to have them too.
Clearly, there are some extreme examples where you may feel the need to end the relationship and that you cannot deal with this, but these types of things can happen to anyone. If you would like more extensive information on this topic, especially if you are considering marriage, Cynthia Last has some great books on bipolar disorder.
If they are comfortable talking to you about the condition, and if you are comfortable listening, it could solidify your relationship.
If you are not comfortable with that type of thing, that’s okay also.