For the Ancient Greeks, it was Athens and Sparta whose relationship was bipolar.Frankly, the older interpretation might make more sense.After all, is it the person who is bipolar, or is it the relationship?Regardless of these semantic problems, let’s go with the first definition and discuss the issues that arise in relationships with people who have bipolar disorder.Fast forward six years: we were madly in love and engaged, then married.One year after that, my husband came home after work, sat down at the kitchen table, and told me he wanted a divorce. A few months after that, he was diagnosed with Bipolar 2, and our marriage was in for a hell of a ride.There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.2. Part of having bipolar can be what is called "anosognosia," a weird word for a simple idea: a mentally ill person who's unable to perceive that they are ill.
Other reasons may include the stress caused by the multiple responsibilities that women have. For some people, a number of factors seem to be involved, while for others a single factor can cause the illness.Oftentimes, people become depressed for no apparent reason.Genetic - A family history of depression increases the risk for developing the illness.Some studies also suggest that a combination of genes and environmental factors work together to increase risk for depression.Ending any relationship is difficult, and deciding to end a relationship because of a person’s mental condition only complicates things further. While treatments for bipolar disorder can help control the condition, it will be a constant battle throughout his or her life. Michael Brodsky, medical director of Bridges to Recovery—a crisis stabilization center with several locations in California—said while people with bipolar disorder are known to be creative, charismatic, energetic, and inspirational, they can also be unpredictable, promiscuous, inattentive, and self-focused.Some of these qualities make it hard on a relationship, so a person must weigh whether he or she wants stability over excitement, he said. Brodsky said there’s no perfect time to end a relationship with someone who is bipolar.A great article did appear in bp Hope, showing that these relationships can succeed: Marriage and Bipolar Disorder.I also like this short piece by Dr Jim Phelps on Relationships with Bipolar People.You will see, from close up, the effects of mania and depression.Considering to leave the person because the disorder has become too much is common. If you want a person to change, you must first realize how hard it is to change yourself.