Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner by Julie A. FastLoving Someone with Bipolar Disorder is a first of its kind book—written specifically for the partner of a person with bipolar disorder. If you have a loved one with bipolar, you know how disruptive and straining this disorder can be to your relationship. You may experience feelings of fear, loss, and anxiety as well as a constant uncertainly about your loved one’s ever-changing moods.
This book is designed to help you overcome the unique challenges of loving someone with bipolar disorder. With the supportive and helpful information, strategies, and real-life examples contained here, you’ll have all the tools you need to create a loving, healthy, and close relationship.
Find out how to:
Identify which coping approaches work and which do not Recognize and transform a “bipolar conversation” Use new strategies to help manage episodic crises Survive the financial turbulence manic spending may cause Deal with problematic sexual issues Increase closeness and stability in your relationship
Living With Someone That Is Manic Depressive
Life with my partner who has depression and bipolar
I live with a partner who has depression and bipolar disorder. This means he is often unhappy, critical and negative. To be honest, living with him is far from easy and harmonious. Perhaps the biggest learning curve was that I cannot protect my children from this, I can only guide them through it. Their Dad's illness affects them and it would be naive and potentially harmful of me not to recognize that. Too many people are made to feel ashamed.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme mood swings from high to low, and from low to high. Highs are periods of mania , while lows are periods of depression. The mood swings may even become mixed, so you might feel elated and depressed at the same time. A study found that 2. Women are more likely to receive bipolar diagnoses than men, though the reason for this remains unclear.
We shared a beautiful daughter and there was love, laughter, joy, hard work and so many plans for our future. On Christmas Day , two weeks after Joe was laid off from the company where he had worked for 20 years, he fell to the floor of our family room and had a psychotic breakdown. We spent the next day in the emergency room, where he was given a full medical evaluation. After hearing he recently went through a traumatic experience, the doctor told us he was depressed. Joe knew it was more serious and he tried to tell the doctor so. As it turned out, Joe was right. Do you understand?
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When my wife was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I thought our marriage could survive. I was wrong.
Learn more about bipolar disorder and relationships by reading our relationship blogs. Bipolar disorder wears many faces. There are as many experiences with bipolar disorder as there are people with bipolar. These experiences run the gamut from wonderful and exciting to confusing, disappointing and devastating. This article addresses some of the issues that can arise when dealing with a spouse with bipolar disorder. Like all individuals, people with bipolar disorder have many good attributes, but at times, they also display less desirable qualities, such as being withdrawn, irritable, moody, and depressed.