Dating a man with manic depression
Apart from ensuring that he/she is taking their medication, you need to offer the right kind of support depending on the particular phase they are in.
When your lover is feeling depressive, be kind and affectionate and assure them of your support.
A person affected by it may feel on top of the world - the "manic" phase - and then suddenly plunge into depression, without the influence of any outside factor that would warrant such a drastic change.
Severe episodes of mania can produce psychotic symptoms, like hallucinations or delusional beliefs.
Living with bipolar disorder is in itself a challenge; but trying to live with someone who has it can seem both difficult and incomprehensible at times.
You can find your relationship too swinging between emotional extremes.
Many anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications for instance have a dampening effect on the libido; so as a partner if you are aware of these adverse effects, there will be less strain on your relationship.
For instance when a person is in the depressive phase, he/she will be generally disinterested in regular activities, be lethargic and even irritable.
Thus you will have to ensure that your partner is regular with his/her check-up, medications or therapy.
In fact if you are in a serious relationship with this person, you may find counseling a great help yourself.
The bottomline is that bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness and despite large options in treatment and therapy, a person affected by it will never be able to offer you the kind of emotional and psychological support that a completely healthy partner can.
If you begin dating a patient of bipolar disorder, you are bound to feel that there are three people in the relationship – you, your partner and the disease.