Ten years later, I published a book about our marriage, and have had a lot of sleepless nights and many lessons learned about loving someone with bipolar disorder. When your partner is diagnosed, you won't know what's coming.Even if you understand mental illness (I was already struggling with anxiety and depression when my husband was diagnosed), you don't know what it's going to look like in a particular person.We'll shower you with gifts, love letters and all of your favorite things.We'll stay up all night kissing and loving you because you are our ultimate high. You are what we dreamed of when we were 18 and breaking down on the bathroom floor because another boy just stole another part of us.
Most real-life relationships with a partner who has BPD are not deadly.
Some people with bipolar can be very proactive about their care, but this is usually after treatment has begun to help.
Part of what makes bipolar so scary is that it takes an enormous amount of work to manage, and "an enormous amount of work" is almost impossible for someone very ill with bipolar.
Learning About Bipolar Disorder Talking With Your Loved One Supporting Your Loved One Community Q&A Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a disorder of the brain that results in shifts in mood, activity, energy, and day-to-day functionality.
Although nearly 6 million American adults have bipolar disorder, like many mental illnesses, it is often misunderstood.