Dating to marry adult personal
"I've seen dozens of couples come through the door with their marriage in tatters." Bipolar disorder "puts a huge additional strain on a relationship, particularly when you don't have a diagnosis." Having a relationship when you live with bipolar disorder is difficult. It takes work on the part of both partners to make sure the marriage survives.The first step is to get diagnosed and treated for your condition.
"I've been running a support group for almost 19 years," he says.
"But once you sense that there's a mutual attraction and you decide to become more serious with this person, when you decide that you want to date this person exclusively, I think at that point each partner needs to come clear with what the package includes." Knowing what triggers your cycles of hypomania, mania, and depression and watching out for warning signs that you're entering one or the other phase of the cycle can help you avoid uncomfortable situations in your new relationship.
"I think the more the person knows what their cycles are, the better they might be able to be in charge of them," says Myrna Weissman, Ph D.
Your doctor can prescribe mood stabilizing medications, such as Lithium, with antidepressants to help control your symptoms.
Therapy with a trained psychologist or social worker is also important.
Introducing the fact that you have bipolar disorder may not make for the most auspicious beginning.