Depression dating relationships
Your doctor can prescribe mood stabilizing medications, such as Lithium, with antidepressants to help control your symptoms.
Therapy with a trained psychologist or social worker is also important.
That means spending money recklessly, becoming promiscuous, engaging in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse, and even getting into trouble with the law.
"I've been running a support group for almost 19 years," he says.
When Jim Mc Nulty, 58, of Burrillville, Rhode Island, got married in the 1970s, everything seemed fine at first.
"It was an absolutely normal courtship," he recalls. During his "up" or hypomanic states, he would spend huge sums of money he didn't have.
"I've seen dozens of couples come through the door with their marriage in tatters." Bipolar disorder "puts a huge additional strain on a relationship, particularly when you don't have a diagnosis." Having a relationship when you live with bipolar disorder is difficult. It takes work on the part of both partners to make sure the marriage survives.
The first step is to get diagnosed and treated for your condition.
At some point, though, you will need to let your partner know that you are bipolar.