Tips for dating a bipolar
“You can say I need to tell you something that's really important in my life and affects my life a lot.
I'm doing fine and I've been told by my doctor and from my reading that I have every reason to believe that the prognosis is good.” If your date expresses concern, Jamison also suggests asking if they would want to come to your doctor with you to discuss it.
“It’s not fun, but it beats the alternative,” she says.
On the other hand, she adds, “I think it's awful to put people who have this illness on the defensive, to feel like they've got to justify something to the universe.”Hannah says that in dating at least her bipolar has been a kind of blessing. Relationships are hard no matter what; challenge is inevitable.
You may even want to suggest that the two of you take a walk or play a sport together in order to keep his symptoms of bipolar disorder at bay.Similarly, realize that people with bipolar disorder often need some personal space, and it is not a reflection on their relationship with other people (including you).Give him time and space to listen to music on his own, write in a journal, or manage stress in whatever way seems most comfortable for him.I've come to find out that I was completely in the right.” After that experience, Hannah says she’s a little less trusting in relationships, although she still actively dates.
Caroline Ewing, a student, used to tell her dates about her diagnosis up front, but she’s found that people are less understanding than they appear at the beginning.Similarly, realize that certain actions have a high likelihood of making bipolar symptoms worse.