Another problem with a lot of Internet “information” is that the people concerned have not necessarily been diagnosed by a psychiatrist so the issues discussed may have nothing to do with bipolar relationships. We are ONLY discussing people who have had an expert psychiatric diagnosis.
There is no doubt that individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder can often be difficult to interact with.
Their episodes, their attitude, their way of being can often drive a loved one to a point of wanting distance.
It is actually more common than you may think for two people in an intimate relationship to both have bipolar disorder.
There is a phenomenon known as “assortative mating” which shows a strong pattern of people with bipolar marrying each other to a statistically disproportionate degree.
It can be very difficult to turn around and cross back over those burning bridges. A person with bipolar disorder must be very careful not to confuse number 2 with number 4.
Often there is nobody more aware of the hurt and damage they have caused than the person with bipolar disorder themselves. The self-infatuation that some of us experience in mania is not grounded in reality and we are unlikely to be as brilliant, sexy, and enlightened as we may feel during these periods of grandiose delusion.This has led me to much study, research, and reflection on the topic.It is dealt with in more detail in our webpage the bipolar spouse. Non-bipolar spouses are generally more supportive, understanding and tolerant of depression than they are of mania. aren’t these all behaviors that are common manifestations of untreated mania? The implications of the above are that an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment go a long way to relieving the difficulties associated with bipolar relationships.My current marriage is the most stabilizing thing in my life and has helped me manage my bipolar so that I have not had a serious episode since 2005. Despite the above, there is no empirical research that shows a CAUSAL relationship between bipolar disorder and marital status.We still know relatively little about marital bipolar relationships.Perhaps in this sense our most important bipolar relationships are those we have with ourselves! Finally, please check out the related webpages on because there are tools and advice on using Treatment Contracts, Wellness Plans, and other means to ensure loving, safe, rewarding relationships for all.