Your boyfriend or girlfriend is lucky to have you in his or her life and chances are you are lucky to have them too.
Clearly, there are some extreme examples where you may feel the need to end the relationship and that you cannot deal with this, but these types of things can happen to anyone. If you would like more extensive information on this topic, especially if you are considering marriage, Cynthia Last has some great books on bipolar disorder.
Premarital counseling is recommended if you are considering marriage, as committed relationships with individuals who truly do have bipolar disorder can be challenging.
Grace has her Masters in counseling and has specialized in trauma therapy.
She lives in Atlanta, GA and enjoys playing tennis.
The diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder has increased greatly over the past ten years.
Being informed about the disease is a good idea for the general public and especially those dating someone with this disorder.
If they are comfortable talking to you about the condition, and if you are comfortable listening, it could solidify your relationship.
If you are not comfortable with that type of thing, that’s okay also.
It’s also important not to go into diagnosing your partner with bipolar disorder if they have not told you they have it.
If they are sad one week because they lost their cat and on a high another week because they have gone skydiving, that does not necessarily mean they have bipolar disorder.
People with bipolar are known to self-harm and may test your patience.
You may not be able to “fix” the problem and there may be more drama than normal; this is not to say that you should not marry someone with Bipolar Disorder or that if you have Bipolar Disorder you should not get married.
If you have been in a relationship for a long time or have been considering making the commitment to marriage you may even want to go with them to their counseling sometime.