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.
Therefore, recovery is a long, hard road, save for a lucky few who respond to medication immediately and beautifully.3.
You can't be calm, loving, patient or gentle with your partner or yourself if all your mental and emotional energy is going toward the other person.
You don't want your relationship to start feeling like a caretaking role — and trust me, neither does your partner.
Individuals with bipolar are more likely to commit self harm as opposed to harming others.
Some people with bipolar can be very proactive about their care, but this is usually after treatment has begun to help.
You will need to re-learn that taking care of yourself is important.
Even if you already knew this, it's hard to remember when the person you love is struggling so much.
We became best friends, and two years later he married another woman and had a baby.
Fast forward six years: we were madly in love and engaged, then married.