Dating somenone with bipolar disorder
At some point, though, you will need to let your partner know that you are bipolar.
"I don't think it's necessary to introduce your psychiatric problems on the first date," Haltzman says.
Introducing the fact that you have bipolar disorder may not make for the most auspicious beginning.
There is always the fear that you might scare the person off and lose the opportunity to get to know one another.
He eventually signed the house over to his wife to protect her and his two young children.
"The person, particularly if untreated, may be prone to changes in their mood, their personality, and their interactions that can threaten the consistency that is the framework of a relationship." He adds that not everyone with bipolar disorder experiences the distinct mood phases of mania and depression.Your doctor can prescribe mood stabilizing medications, such as Lithium, with antidepressants to help control your symptoms.Therapy with a trained psychologist or social worker is also important."But once you sense that there's a mutual attraction and you decide to become more serious with this person, when you decide that you want to date this person exclusively, I think at that point each partner needs to come clear with what the package includes." Knowing what triggers your cycles of hypomania, mania, and depression and watching out for warning signs that you're entering one or the other phase of the cycle can help you avoid uncomfortable situations in your new relationship.
"I think the more the person knows what their cycles are, the better they might be able to be in charge of them," says Myrna Weissman, Ph D.Haltzman is clinical assistant professor in the Brown University department of psychiatry and human behavior.