These are qualities that could be considered a good relationship.
Qualities that are possible in any relationship, regardless of medical condition.
These are some signs of a GOOD HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP:
You don’t yell or swear at each other.
You never feel scared or worried around each other.
You have privacy – your personal phone calls, business activities, letters are yours and your partner does not feel they are ‘secret’ or that you MUST be cheating. Know your partner, and you can forever TRUST your partner. It is a natural connection.
You have friends that you can spend time with and not have the other partner feel jealous or threatened regarding the status of your relationship.
You feel that intimacy is an equally shared interest and you are not doing just because the other partner ‘needs’ it.
You have complete trust, even not knowing each and every interaction of your partner. You KNOW your partner and have no worries.
You feel you are each others best friends, and it feels like you don’t really have to try – you feel safe and secure when you are with your partner.
You have fun with each other and laugh often.
Conflicts are resolved easily and without anger, swearing, or walking of the room/slamming doors.
Your partner does not put you down by calling you selfish, stupid, thoughtless, or otherwise.
All relationships take work – some more than others, but if you have some of the healthy traits in a relationship then you work on the unhealthy traits through counseling to identify and heal and adjust to have a stronger relationship. Bipolar is a lifelong disorder – can be treated with medication, but will still have flair-ups when medication is forgotten, or dosage is not correct.
Loving 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