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Relationships and Bipolar Disorder




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    Even though there is still no cure for bipolar disorder, there is at least treatment for it – usually medication and therapy.  But how important is therapy to stability with bipolar disorder?
    Many people who have a loved one with bipolar disorder are afraid to take them on vacation.  They may be scared that their loved one will go into a bipolar episode, and they won't be able to handle it away from home.
    Many times, you may run across someone with bipolar disorder who seems to be stable and even high functioning.  If you were to ask them the secret for their success, they may very well tell you that it's because they have a strong support network.
    They say that, "Patience is a virtue," and that is definitely true when it comes to bipolar disorder.  However, that very patience can be tried to its hilt when your loved one goes into a bipolar episode and you have to deal with the consequences.
    If you are a supporter to a loved one with bipolar disorder, you are familiar with their bipolar behavior.  You may even feel as if they are lying to you.  The question is, how do you know?

    One of the questions I am asked most often is, "What if my loved one refuses to get help for their bipolar disorder?"  This is a very serious problem, and the answer is complex, with no simple magic solution.

    Your loved one depends on you for many things, if you are their primary supporter.  However, sometimes they may cross a line that shouldn't be crossed if they are to recover from their bipolar disorder.

    In every relationship, communication is an essential part of success in the relationship.  When one of the people involved has bipolar disorder, it still does not change this fact.  Communication with your loved one is very important.

    Bipolar relationships are difficult to maintain, but they can work, if you work at them. No different from a non-bipolar relationship, if you love each other, you will do whatever it takes to make the relationship work. And there are three things that every relationship takes to work: communication, trust, and honesty.
    I will never say that it's easy to date someone who suffers from bipolar disorder, of course. After all, dating is an emotional rollercoaster to begin with. Throw bipolar disorder into the mix and you've made the highs higher and the lows lower.
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