Some tips in dating
Try and walk that fine line between coming across shy or boastful, if you’re unsure then get a friend to look over it for you.
They might even suggest some interests that you may have overlooked.
Take ownership of your actions in the same way anyone else would in any other relationship. Stress, drugs, alcohol, drastic changes in treatment — these are all possibilities that provoke an episode. Ask what early indicators might be such as sudden mood changes, unusual hyperactivity, lack of sleep or change in appetite. It’s not uncommon for the non-BP partner to make all the important decisions, such as where to go for dinner, managing the finances, and imposing their will.
Make it clear that these things are not causes of your illness, but things the two of you should be aware of together. Like in any other relationship, you have to be constant. Control is not done with bad intentions, but it makes it harder to have a healthy, balanced relationship. Instead, offer support and talk about the disorder openly.
The fabric of most happy long-term relationships is woven with dedication, consideration, patience, mutual support, and increasingly, Netflix marathons.
Romantic relationships with partners who have bipolar disorder (BP) are no different.
You’ve probably already found out that there’s no one key to dating girls, since every girl is different.
Read on to find out how to make your dating life a success.
Tips for bipolar partners: Talk openly about BP with your date or partner whenever you feel comfortable with it.
There’s a misconception in the media that patients who have bipolar disorder are ‘not fit’ to be in relationships.
Bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression) is characterized by the alternation of depressive episodes and manic, or hypomanic episodes.
Avoid blaming the illness for non-related daily behaviors. If you’re not able to keep plans or commit to things, avoid resting the blame on your illness. Calmly and logically talk through any extraordinary, illogical sudden ideas they might have.
It’s possible to cancel just because you don’t feel like it or say no because you genuinely don’t like someone. Talk to your partner about the best course of action for before, during and after an episode since the solution can’t be sorted out when it occurs. Ask what triggers should be avoided, e.g., sad movies, specific social environments, alcohol or drugs. If that doesn’t work, distract them with a more manageable exciting idea, such as eating something new or visiting an undiscovered part of town. Before a significant episode, your partner may show some early indicators that their mood will change significantly.
As a patient, your perception of your illness defines your success in life and relationships.