Hope dated several men after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II in , but none of the relationships lasted long enough to make her mental health an issue. When Hope, 45, developed feelings for a local restaurateur in , she knew she would have to talk to him about her diagnosis before things got serious. His soon-to-be ex had bipolar and her illness was one reason they were divorcing. Listening to her date explain how his wife refused treatment and how the disorder took its toll on her health and their marriage, Hope realized she had to share her diagnosis even though she was terrified he would end their relationship.
The ups and downs of dating with bipolar
What You Need to Know About Dating A Bipolar Man | MadameNoire
D ating is hard. I continued to stare at the back of her head from my desk, in the full knowledge that she would never speak to me again. This is how it is for everyone. But what is it like when, in addition to your inability to say anything remotely funny or interesting to the person you are into, you have a mental health problem as well?
Dating Someone With Bipolar Disorder
Here are just a few of the lessons I carry with me:. Whenever my ex was in a depressive state, I would try to make him happy by offering to watch his favorite movie, go to his favorite restaurant, or give him a back rub. It never worked — all of these things just made him more frustrated than anything else.
Most of the time, living with bipolar disorder is uneventful. When that happens, it can interfere with my work life, friendships and—as you can imagine—completely sabotage my dating life. Bipolar disorder causes drastic and unusual shifts in mood, activity level, and energy.