Having bipolar disorder does not mean the person cannot have meaningful, lasting relationships. It may mean there will be issues to address from time to time. Just like people are different, someone’s bipolar disorder will be different. There may be common traits, but the person’s personality will play a big part on how the disorder is managed.
The problem that can arise is when the person has not been officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Not understanding why your partner reacts in certain ways can be confusing and frustrating. You may feel the urge to help the person, or this you yourself did something wrong.
Not knowing the symptoms, you may never know if a person has the disorder. If there are actions and moods that seem off, or unexpected, this may be the reason you need to further learn about the disorder. For many, just reading many of the symptom descriptions can be an eye-opener. You may find yourself saying, ‘This is just like my partner’. Of course, a doctor will make the diagnosis. Once diagnosed the management of the disorder will be easier.
This can apply to both a girlfriend, and a boyfriend.
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