Dating a bipolar man
If he can’t handle it, it’s better to find out sooner rather than later, for both parties. C., LONG BEACH, CA Coming out as bipolar resembles my journey coming out as gay.Who to tell, and when to tell them, is a challenge because I hear so many people say jokingly, “He’s so bipolar,” not knowing the truth. E., COLUMBUS, OH Dating with bipolar wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined.Listening to her date explain how his wife refused treatment and how the disorder took its toll on her health and their marriage, Hope realized she had to share her diagnosis even though she was terrified he would end their relationship.
A few months into our relationship, I dragged him off to sex therapy because of his seemingly uncontrollable behaviour. Up until the escort point, I’d thought that the other signs – the spending sprees, sporadic drug-taking, or staying up all night to work - were nothing more than foils to his ample creativity.
Being rejected by a potential mate is the major reason I choose not to tell people right away, but rather wait until some level of trust and care has been established. My plan was to date someone for one month and then tell them I have bipolar.
Unfortunately, I would run into difficulty explaining some situation and have to tell the man I was bipolar sooner or make up a lie. My fiancé tells me he doesn’t care that I have bipolar because I’m worth it.
By Jodi Helmer Hope dated several men after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II in 2004, but none of the relationships lasted long enough to make her mental health an issue.
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.
Everybody knows someone with bipolar disorder, whether it's a family member, coworker or friends, but they might not recognize the warning signs of the condition.