Dating a bipolar woman
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“I thought that having the mutual experience of bipolar made us kindred spirits,” explains Victoria.
“When she was depressed, I was manic; the whole relationship was a disaster, but it did make me more compassionate and understanding of what my partners go through.” For some couples, says Jon P.
“One issue with dating when you have bipolar disorder is dealing with intense mood states, from extreme highs to extreme lows,” notes Sylvia.
“Both ends of the spectrum cause problems in relationships.” In a manic state, Chris can become volatile and unreliable, arguing with girlfriends over trivial matters and canceling plans with little regard to their feelings.
According to Louisa Sylvia, Ph D, a psychologist at the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, it definitely needs to be discussed before making any major moves.
“My anxiety over waiting too long to tell them is greater than the worry over how they might react,” explains Chris, 24, a college student in Tucson, Arizona.
When Hope, 45, developed feelings for a local restaurateur in 2009, she knew she would have to talk to him about her diagnosis before things got serious.