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Can people with bipolar have healthy relationships?

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Last Updated: 05/24/2021 at 7:53pm
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December 5th, 2017 11:18pm
Everyone holds capability of having access to a healthy relationship. Mental disorders should never prohibit you from enjoying life, especially building and sustaining healthy relationships.
May 24th, 2021 7:53pm
Having a healthy relationship takes a lot of work and is difficult for all people. It requires commitment to growth together mutually, respect, compassion, empathy and understanding. It can be even more challenging for the person managing life with a bipolar disorder. The rollercoaster of depressive and manic episodes is hard for others to grasp and understand. A good understanding of the disorder and symptoms on both partners part is important in helping navigate the storms. A person needs to know when the disease is active and take steps to try to monitor thier behavour as not to have fall out consequences from a episode. Open honest communication is crucial.At times reaching out to outside help to engender understanding may be required, Both partners must see to good self care. However a quality relationship is possible.
December 1st, 2017 2:01am
Of course! However, at the beginning when the person is first diagnosed with BP, it can be very challenging. Especially since not only do they have to now learn ow to deal with it, but so do the people who surround them. As a peer to someone who has BP, it's important to understand that when they're in their moments of mania, it is not your fault. The mania causes irrational thinking and actions, therefore they will lash out at small things. Another thing to understand is that there are so many things you can do to help. As a partner to someone with bipolar disorder, it may sometimes feel like you are babysitting a child and that can be upsetting for a lover. The main thing is to always try to be understanding and supportive even if it is something you don't understand because half of the time, they don't know what's happening either. Bipolar disorder can be described as a roller coaster. You go up and down in rapid succession and the whiplash not only causes you harm but it causes harm to the people around you. An important thing to remember is to try to keep your hands in your cart, or else you may injure someone. Something that may be helpful to someone who is dealing with BP affecting their loved ones is that there is professional help available. The sad part is that, in general, it is very hard to get seen by a psychiatrist due to the high demand and low supply of psychologists. Medication may also be helpful. Just know that it is a trial and error test. Not just one medicine will work on every person, so you have to hang tight until you find the one that ultimately works for you. If you find that you can't explain your BP to loved ones who are affected by your situation, it may help to just have something prepared to say on hand so that when a loved one may lash out or show concern over your actions, you have an answer that may help. It can be very embarrassing trying to explain BP, but if you have a strong connection and you're willing to try to understand and wait it out for the long run, you can have a healthy and successful relationship.
October 22nd, 2019 2:54am
Yes, people with bipolar disorder can have healthy relationships. Establishing boundaries, practicing communication, and having a lot of patience with yourself are key things to making any relationship successful! I have bipolar disorder and I have been with my husband for ten years now. At first, our path was a very rough one and we had many negative experiences but we made a decision to love one another no matter what and do whatever it would take to keep us together. Ten years later we have a great marriage full of love and so much support and it just gets better everyday!