So, here are a few things you should know before dating someone with bipolar disorder.
Periods of mania and depression can stay for months at a time – meaning we don’t wake up feeling as though we have the world at our feet in the morning, for it to feel as though it’s closing in on us by that evening.
Type 1 bipolar disorder means you have more extreme mood swings with longer periods of mania. Of course, neither type is necessarily ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than another and everyone with the disorder will have experience what they deem to be the ‘worst part’ of the disorder at some point or another.
Mania often means we’re thinking about things at a fast pace, having ‘great ideas’ every other second and thinking we can rule the world. For example, doing things like getting tattoos or piercings that we may not have thought about beforehand or spending a lot of money.
Bipolar disorder can be tough for the person affected; some people learn to control it, some don't, but it's important to understand how they're affected and how you can help them.
Dating someone with bipolar is no different to dating anyone else.
It never worked — all of these things just made him more frustrated than anything else.
The truth is, if being happy was as easy as doing those things, he wouldn’t have a mental illness.