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Relationships and Bipolar Disorder


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Bipolar disorder is a condition impacting an individual’s mood. While manageable, it influences one’s thoughts, feelings, and conduct within romantic relationships.

Individuals with bipolar disorder can undergo intense mood swings, referred to as manic and depressive episodes. In these emotional states, their actions may unsettle and perplex their partner. Fortunately, many with bipolar disorder can cultivate fulfilling relationships with the right support.

Manic versus Depressive Episodes

To comprehend the impact of bipolar disorder on relationships, we must examine how the two primary episodes shape a person’s character and conduct.

During a manic state, individuals often become highly irritable, leading to disagreements and unnecessary conflicts with their partner. Manic episodes also drive individuals to engage in risky behaviours, such as excessive drinking or gambling, causing tension in the relationship.

Conversely, depressive episodes prompt deep despondency and reduced communication. The individual may become tearful and feel hopeless, withdrawing from their partner. The partner may find it challenging to assist them due to their apparent sense of loss and sadness.

Tips for Healthy Relationships

All relationships demand significant effort, and those involving bipolar individuals are no exception. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to construct a loving and robust relationship:

• Acquaint yourself with the condition – Expanding your knowledge of bipolar disorder enhances your understanding of your partner’s experiences.

• Identify their triggers – Understanding potential triggers can prevent mood disruptions, aiding in better support for your loved one.

• Establish a support plan – A comprehensive plan facilitates effective support. This may include essential contacts, activities to avoid, and necessary adjustments to daily routines.

Whether diagnosed with bipolar disorder or considering a relationship with someone who has it, it’s crucial to recognize that the condition doesn’t guarantee problems. A successful relationship relies on skillfully managing symptoms.

If you are struggling in your relationship, please get in touch with me. I see my clients in my office in Hove and globally online.

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