Ending any relationship is difficult, and deciding to end a relationship because of a person’s mental condition only complicates things further. While treatments for bipolar disorder can help control the condition, it will be a constant battle throughout his or her life. Michael Brodsky, medical director of Bridges to Recovery—a crisis stabilization center with several locations in California—said while people with bipolar disorder are known to be creative, charismatic, energetic, and inspirational, they can also be unpredictable, promiscuous, inattentive, and self-focused.Some of these qualities make it hard on a relationship, so a person must weigh whether he or she wants stability over excitement, he said. Brodsky said there’s no perfect time to end a relationship with someone who is bipolar.Here are just a few of the lessons I carry with me: You can’t make someone happy.
Instead, things he usually enjoyed just served as reminders to him of how terrible he felt.
No matter what you do, you can never make another person happy, and while that’s hard to accept, it’s not personal.
I write it with the assumption that the Survivor will inevitably do incredible damage to their relationship; if it hasn’t happened yet, it will at some point.
Therefore, we want to minimize the potential damage by developing an understanding of ourselves and how we affect our loved ones.
I asked around to see if his behavior changed just to get me on a date.
Everyone said that this was his true personality, so I ended up asking him out.I will attempt to provide meaningful information for the loved ones and friends that are watching a special person in their life go through this.Watching a child, spouse, relative, or good friend traverse the spectrum of Bipolar Disorder or Depression can be incredibly painful.When you first meet someone, you put your best foot forward so your prospective love interest sees your good points before your faults come out.Once things become comfortable, your partner discloses his or her bipolar disorder.A person that lives with Bipolar Disorder or Depression comes to learn loss intimately.