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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Sorensen

Dealing With a Bipolar Partner

So this week we deal with a topic that many people suffer in silence dealing with daily. On the outside people with bipolar disorder can appear completely normal, many times not missing a beat. However, on the inside, they suffer an immeasurable amount of pain & storms that sometimes can't be explained. There are several types of bipolar and related disorders. They may include mania or hypomania and depression. Symptoms can cause unpredictable changes in mood and behavior, resulting in significant distress and difficulty in life.

There are (4) types of Bipolar disorder as mentioned below:

Bipolar I disorder. You've had at least one manic episode that may be preceded or followed by hypomanic or major depressive episodes. In some cases, mania may trigger a break from reality (psychosis).

Bipolar II disorder. You've had at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode, but you've never had a manic episode.

Cyclothymic disorder. You've had at least two years (one year in children and teenagers) of many periods of hypomania symptoms and periods of depressive symptoms (usually less severe than major depression).

Other types. These include bipolar and related disorders induced by certain drugs and alcohol, or due to a medical condition such as Cushing's disease, multiple sclerosis, or stroke.

Education is the key when dealing with any sickness, illness, or disorder. When you educate yourself it helps you arm yourself with the defense & readiness you need to assist both you and your loved one. The highs and lows that come with Bipolar disorder are not only hard on the person experiencing the disorder, it's also extremely hard on all of the friends, family, & supporters of the host. Being in a relationship with a bipolar person can become taxing mentally, emotionally, physically, financially, and sexually. Communication is extremely difficult especially when your partner is in moments of mania. Always remember yourself and your mental health, it can become very taxing. Only you know what your ceiling is so if and when you reach that point and/or your environment becomes dangerous, decisions need to be made to remove yourself from the environment. Because the only way to have a healthy relationship is with healthy functioning partners. You must learn the triggers, moods, & behaviors to try to eliminate any additional stress added to the relationship. Although it is hard, it is not impossible to have a happy, healthy & functional relationship. It will take work, but if you breathe, recall your love, enforce meds, avoid triggers, keep talking, laugh, getaway, build support, and get therapy, you will succeed!

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