Bipolar 2 and dating
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.
“They may not be capable of ‘working through’ a relationship ending in an effective way, and mature ‘closure’ may be impossible.
Be kind, but not overbearing, and realize that once you are ending the relationship, your kindness may not be welcome anymore, and that’s ok,” he said. If you come across as hurt or angry because your attempts to ‘let them down easily’ aren’t working, that only makes the situation worse.
They may respond with more intense anxiety, depression or anger than you expect or they might have been closer to wanting to break it off themselves than you realized, and may react with relief —or denial.” Dr.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. David Reiss, interim medical director of the Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, said the first rule thing to consider if it’s time to end a relationship is your own safety, especially if a person is unstable.Moreover, when we feel bad, we have bad thoughts and might want to do bad things, like polish off a whole bottle of liquor, call up our ex, or get behind the wheel while in an agitated state.To ensure that we do not end up drunk dialing someone, or worse, we have to make sure our feelings do not get the best of us. Be prepared for a lot of “When you did X, it made me feel like Y” and, if things get serious, an invitation to couples therapy. People With Bipolar Disorder Get Very Manic And/Or Very Depressed If we fall off in our treatment, experience a traumatic event or our meds stop working, we could go into relapse. We seek out risky behavior that we’d never do in our right mind.
And it turns out that two aspects of such treatment include support and companionship, which you should give to any significant other.