Dating a girl with bipolar disorder
Each parent and child’s “beginning conversation” about bipolar disorder will be different depending on the child’s age and ability to manage the information. This brochure will help prepare you (whether you are the well parent, the parent with bipolar disorder, a grandparent or another adult in the child’s life) to take the first step.
If you have already started talking to a child about bipolar disorder, this brochure will give you more information to keep the conversation going.
You often feel as though it’s all in your head without a diagnosis.
So having some clarity was truly refreshing, and has allowed me to learn a little more about myself and the disorder.
I’d been misdiagnosed for years but it was a recent bout of mania that finally confirmed their fears. As many others who have been cared for by mental health services will know, receiving a diagnosis at this age is rather unique and is not often done due to psychiatrists not wanting to label someone they deem to be fairly young.
Yet, sex for those who are bipolar can prove a real minefield.Years ago, I dated a guy with undiagnosed bipolar disorder. When low, his habit of stumbling out of bed to browse porn as the kettle boiled, or spending hours trawling the profile pictures of escorts had me convinced he had some sort of addiction issues.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.Nevertheless the healthy mate wonders, “Why are we on these constant roller coaster rides?” Sooner rather than later he starts to resent walking on eggshells around his lover.
When the family member’s illness is bipolar disorder, it often becomes a secret that nobody talks about.