What to expect when dating someone who is bipolar
Allow the pieces to fall into place and allow those who are determined to work it out help you through the healing process.
· As the person dating someone with bipolar disorder, you can do your own research in order to understand the disease.
If they are in recovery, how long have they stayed sober?
Are they actively working a program of recovery (e.g., participating in self-help support meetings, counseling or an aftercare program)?
Of course, relationships are founded on the basis of stability and a sense of connection.
Especially at the dating stage of any relationship when both parties are still getting to know each other, bipolar conditions can put a dead stop to things and easily derail a genuine and deep connection from forming.
From the perspective of the person with the bipolar disorder, the task is also not easy.
Opening up to a new acquaintance, one that can become a potential partner, that you have a bipolar disorder is not one of the most flattering attributes that you can divulge about yourself.
Unfortunately, even as normal relationships are complicated enough as they are, adding the “bipolar disorder” element into the equation only serves to complicate matters even more.The threat of relapse need not deter you from dating someone firmly grounded in their recovery. By educating yourself about disease of addiction, you’ll know what to expect and when to ask for help.Being a loving partner to a recovering addict requires sensitivity and discretion.In working with the spouses and significant others of addicts, I’ve often heard it said, “I’d rather be an addict than love one.” While few people would ever walk eyes-wide-open into a chronic disease like addiction, the statement speaks to the confusion, loneliness and despair common not only among addicts but also the men and women who love them. In fact, addicts who are solid in their recovery can make excellent partners.