A great article did appear in bp Hope, showing that these relationships can succeed: Marriage and Bipolar Disorder.I also like this short piece by Dr Jim Phelps on Relationships with Bipolar People.Sara was twenty-seven, and what people used to call a wag: smart, quick-witted, encyclopedic.
Then he would hit the "down" side and sink into the depths of depression.These wild swings put stress on his marriage and threatened to run his family's finances into the ground.Ending any relationship is difficult, and deciding to end a relationship because of a person’s mental condition only complicates things further. While treatments for bipolar disorder can help control the condition, it will be a constant battle throughout his or her life. Michael Brodsky, medical director of Bridges to Recovery—a crisis stabilization center with several locations in California—said while people with bipolar disorder are known to be creative, charismatic, energetic, and inspirational, they can also be unpredictable, promiscuous, inattentive, and self-focused.Some of these qualities make it hard on a relationship, so a person must weigh whether he or she wants stability over excitement, he said. Brodsky said there’s no perfect time to end a relationship with someone who is bipolar.When you first meet someone, you put your best foot forward so your prospective love interest sees your good points before your faults come out.
Once things become comfortable, your partner discloses his or her bipolar disorder.If you decide to end a relationship because of a person’s bipolar disorder, try not to blame the person or their condition.It is no one’s fault that the person has the condition.From a distance, I'd seen how much energy it took Nyla to keep her episodes under control: weekly doctor's visits, blood tests, complicated regimens of medications.And yet for all their problems, my bipolar buddies had always kept things interesting."I hope it doesn't scare you off."Panicked thoughts raced through my mind. This was the odd humor Sara and I had already established, but I wasn't entirely joking.