The intense zeal for life or passion of your significant other may be what attracted you to them. You may have been drawn to their sensitive and caring heart. These may be the strengths of the disorder that they suffer. Many mental health clinicians have the opinion that Bipolar Disorder is over diagnosed when often major life stressors or past events that need to be addressed in therapy play a bigger role than we know in the disease; do not dismiss them for their weaknesses if you are captivated by their strengths. Another common positive trait among those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder which is depicted in many books is how gifted they are and how strong their imaginations are. The last thing you want to do is put a label on someone you really enjoy when they tell you they have bipolar disorder.
Dating during your twenties is an experience in itself, but when you live with a severely stigmatized condition like bipolar disorder, dating can really be a challenge. As a year-old mental health advocate who is publicly open about her life with bipolar II disorder, I have often experienced stigma in my dating life. Bipolar disorder is a part of me, and I am not ashamed of my condition, in fact, it is the opposite, I embrace it. Should you even tell them at all?
Dating is enough of a challenge when you are 39, divorced, have 5 kids, and are roommates with your best friend and her kids. That inevitable train wreck, soon-to-be-psycho-ex. Crazy has been my word for years. My word to despise, my word to prove wrong, my word to embrace, all depending on the day and the context of its application to my life. I DO suffer from mood swings, highs and lows, manic anxiety and haunting depression.