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There’s a misconception in the media that patients who have bipolar disorder are ‘not fit’ to be in relationships.Bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression) is characterized by the alternation of depressive episodes and manic, or hypomanic episodes.The only way to manage it is with treatment and transparency.”Angela shares her suggestions for maintaining a healthy relationship if you or your partner have BP.Tips for bipolar partners: Talk openly about BP with your date or partner whenever you feel comfortable with it.Avoid blaming the illness for non-related daily behaviors. If you’re not able to keep plans or commit to things, avoid resting the blame on your illness. Calmly and logically talk through any extraordinary, illogical sudden ideas they might have.It’s possible to cancel just because you don’t feel like it or say no because you genuinely don’t like someone. Talk to your partner about the best course of action for before, during and after an episode since the solution can’t be sorted out when it occurs. Ask what triggers should be avoided, e.g., sad movies, specific social environments, alcohol or drugs. If that doesn’t work, distract them with a more manageable exciting idea, such as eating something new or visiting an undiscovered part of town. Before a significant episode, your partner may show some early indicators that their mood will change significantly.The fabric of most happy long-term relationships is woven with dedication, consideration, patience, mutual support, and increasingly, Netflix marathons.
Trudi Griffin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Wisconsin.
Mania is when someone has abnormally elevated mood along with some other symptoms like, increased energy, being very talkative, irritable or distracted. This is different to hypomania, which is less severe and often people can still function normally.
Between episodes, there can be long periods of time without symptoms. Nearly 3 out of every 100 Ada users with mental health conditions reported symptoms of a manic depressive episode. specialized in psychiatry in the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, and spent five years working as a hospital physician.
Tell them that they will return to a healthy mood soon.
After an episode, remind them the next day of their actions (they may forget) and gently recommend seeing a doctor if the behavior persists.
Remind them during a depressive episode that this is not their life!