Dating is stressful enough but for people with bipolar disorder dating is a completely different ordeal than any average person is used to. A person with bipolar disorder has a lot of explaining to do when they first start dating someone new. They have to explain the nature of their disorder, the paranoia that can accompany it and the strange or even sometime offensive and hurtful behaviors that they exhibit during a manic episode; not to mention the occasional onset of psychosis.
However, for people that are bipolar dating is still possible and can be not just fulfilling but also very helpful in managing their condition when the relationship is healthy and their partner is supportive. Here are some tips for staying commit when dating someone with bipolar disorder or for those who are bipolar themselves.
Inform Yourself To Reach a Higher Level of Understanding
One of the biggest problems that people who are dating someone with bipolar disorder have is that they often cannot understand the strange and irrational behavior that they exhibit during a manic episode. Often the assumption on the part of the uniformed is that this person can control these behaviors when they simply cannot due to the nature of their condition. Another problem can be the paranoia that accompanies these manic episodes. This paranoia can be incredibly destructive in a relationship and lead people with bipolar disorder to make wild accusations of infidelity, among other things to their partner. People who are dating someone with bipolar disorder should attempt to inform themselves about the condition so that they know what to expect.
For People With Bipolar Disorder: Explain Things at the Very Beginning
The best way for people with bipolar disorder to keep their relationship from experiences more rocky times that necessary is to make it clear up front the nature of one’s condition and clearly explain it to a new partner. Quite often dating someone with bipolar disorder is much easier if the person they are dating is aware of the condition and knows what to expect. Hiding your bipolar disorder from you partner will only mean a longer, more anxiety ridden explanation later on. Simply explaining things like the paranoia and occasional psychosis that goes along with bipolar disorder, as well as what to expect during a manic episode can help prevent more serious problems from developing in the relationship later on.
Making the Relationship Last
When it comes to making a relationship last when dating people with bipolar disorder the previously mentioned strategies; the non-bipolar person being as understanding as possible and the bipolar person explaining their condition out the outset, can help to build the foundation of a lasting, healthy relationship. A person with bipolar dating someone who is not bipolar failing to explain their disorder to their partner can lead to severe problems. Likewise, a person dating someone with bipolar who is unable to be understanding is not likely to stay in the relationship for very long. With the right balance of the two people with bipolar disorder can hold down loving, healthy relationships with their partners.