Having bipolar disorder adds layers of complication: Should I trust this new love interest with my diagnosis? If we do move forward, how will the new relationship weather my mood shifts?“It brings up a lot of fears and those fears ignite the temptation not to talk about it,” acknowledges Lisa Little, MSc, a chartered psychologist in Calgary, Alberta.If you date someone with bipolar disorder and they’re doing well, they’ll pretty much be just like any other guy you would date: they’ll tease you when you snore, roll their eyes when you want to watch “The Haves and Have Nots,” and, hopefully, scramble you some eggs after sex.The point is, people with mental illness work, play and live out their lives just like so-called “normal” people.2.So say what you mean and how you feel, and we’ll figure out how to react.Chances are, we either know how to handle it, or we are working on it.3.I'm frequently asked, "What's the best way to love someone with bipolar disorder?" Usually the person asking me has the traces of a frown on his face. We're not the easiest bunch in the world, the 5.7 million of us with bipolar disorder.
I will never say that it's easy to date someone who suffers from bipolar disorder, of course.
We Spend A Lot Of Time In Our Heads You will never know how much time we spend overthinking about something you said at dinner last Tuesday. However, that does not mean that you shouldn’t speak freely.
We’ve been through all that therapy, and we’ve spent more than one session learning how to regulate our emotions.
*Throughout the article, reference is made to 'he' or 'she' when talking about a person who is bipolar.
It can be either, and using one term or the other is merely for the sake of convenience.