I am dating someone with bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is more than just good and bad moods.
When Patty Duke passed away recently, we lost more than a talented actress or a likable personality — we lost an advocate for bipolar disorder awareness., Duke shared the horrors and secrets of her life.
There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.2. Part of having bipolar can be what is called "anosognosia," a weird word for a simple idea: a mentally ill person who's unable to perceive that they are ill.
Take note if you're paying more attention to the disease than the person.
Ten years later, I published a book about our marriage, and have had a lot of sleepless nights and many lessons learned about loving someone with bipolar disorder. When your partner is diagnosed, you won't know what's coming.
Even if you understand mental illness (I was already struggling with anxiety and depression when my husband was diagnosed), you don't know what it's going to look like in a particular person.
Bipolar disorder causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking and behavior, from the highs of mania to the lows of depression.
More than just a brief good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder can last for days, weeks, or months.
Fast forward six years: we were madly in love and engaged, then married.