The point is, people with mental illness work, play and live out their lives just like so-called “normal” people. We Spend A Lot Of Time In Our Heads You will never know how much time we spend overthinking about something you said at dinner last Tuesday. However, that does not mean that you shouldn’t speak freely.
So don’t dump your dude just because he has a mood disorder.
You could end up having a relationship with an emotionally in tune man who is aware of self and talks openly and honestly about his feelings.
Ending any relationship is difficult, and deciding to end a relationship because of a person’s mental condition only complicates things further. While treatments for bipolar disorder can help control the condition, it will be a constant battle throughout his or her life. Michael Brodsky, medical director of Bridges to Recovery—a crisis stabilization center with several locations in California—said while people with bipolar disorder are known to be creative, charismatic, energetic, and inspirational, they can also be unpredictable, promiscuous, inattentive, and self-focused.
Some of these qualities make it hard on a relationship, so a person must weigh whether he or she wants stability over excitement, he said. Brodsky said there’s no perfect time to end a relationship with someone who is bipolar. David Reiss, interim medical director of the Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, said the first rule thing to consider if it’s time to end a relationship is your own safety, especially if a person is unstable.
Acknowledge that how the other person reacts, and their ability to maintain even a superficial or polite relationship after a perceived rejection, may be inherently limited and beyond your control.
Navigating any romantic relationship -- whether it's dating or marriage -- can be a tricky endeavor.To ensure that we do not end up drunk dialing someone, or worse, we have to make sure our feelings do not get the best of us. Be prepared for a lot of “When you did X, it made me feel like Y” and, if things get serious, an invitation to couples therapy. People With Bipolar Disorder Get Very Manic And/Or Very Depressed If we fall off in our treatment, experience a traumatic event or our meds stop working, we could go into relapse. We seek out risky behavior that we’d never do in our right mind.Don’t expect it to look like Dre on “Empire.” A manic episode feels like the most productive, most energetic time in life. A depressive episode, on the other hand, feels like walking through peanut butter.There’s sadness, the literal inability to pull ourselves out of bed, tearfulness, and a lack of concentration.If you date someone with bipolar disorder long enough, you might have to see them through an episode.“But if you start feeling guilty when the reality is that you had not made the commitment the other person implicitly expected, your guilt will trigger anger, depression, etc.