These suggestions are meant for anyone, male or female, who is suffering from bipolar and his (or her) family and friends.
I will never say that it's easy to date someone who suffers from bipolar disorder, of course.
I'm frequently asked, "What's the best way to love someone with bipolar disorder?
" Usually the person asking me has the traces of a frown on his face. We're not the easiest bunch in the world, the 5.7 million of us with bipolar disorder.
*Throughout the article, reference is made to 'he' or 'she' when talking about a person who is bipolar.
It can be either, and using one term or the other is merely for the sake of convenience.
Chances are, we either know how to handle it, or we are working on it.3.
If you date someone with bipolar disorder and they’re doing well, they’ll pretty much be just like any other guy you would date: they’ll tease you when you snore, roll their eyes when you want to watch “The Haves and Have Nots,” and, hopefully, scramble you some eggs after sex.
The point is, people with mental illness work, play and live out their lives just like so-called “normal” people.2.
“Pretending [the illness] doesn’t exist is more likely to cause problems in the relationship.” When telling a prospective partner that you have bipolar, Little suggests sharing details about how the illness affects your behavior, including symptoms of mania, hypomania and depression, as well as emphasizing how you manage the disorder.
It’s important to recognize that your date probably will have concerns—some legitimate, some stigma-induced—about getting involved with someone who has a chronic mental illness.