Dating someone who has bipolar
“Don’t assume he or she is upset with you,” says licensed therapist, Kayce Hodos.
“The biggest challenge you’re likely to face is feeling frustrated that you can’t fix things.
This will allow you to know if something may be coming up for your loved one,” says Grant.
Being in a committed relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder is a tremendous challenge. The statistics vary according to the source, but most experts quote rates two or three times higher than the national average. Spouses with bipolar disorder are likely to have a different impression of their marriage than their husband or wife.
This study has one serious limitation in that it included only committed spouses – not those who have divorced the bipolar sufferer.
(And as the divorce statistics show, there are a great many of these.) What is being presented here is a conflicting and contradictory portrait of the bipolar spouse: On the one hand we are see the huge divorce rate, on the other we have research showing marriage to someone with bipolar disorder is pretty typical of marriage in general.
In many cases, you might not even know what your partner is experiencing, which can lead you to misinterpret their feelings for you—among other miscommunications.
Knowing what to expect from a partner suffering from one of these common mental illnesses is key to making your relationship last.