There are common misconceptions surrounding what to expect when you have a friend or partner with bipolar disorder.Of course, everyone suffers and deals with bipolar differently, and there are many different types on the spectrum, with Type 1 and 2 being most common.Individuals learn to watch out for triggers that may send them spinning into an exaggerated mood state.Yet, sex for those who are bipolar can prove a real minefield.Mania doesn’t mean we’re going crazy, that we’re going to do something absolutely absurd or that we’re going to get violent or be incredibly nasty to you.
But it wasn’t until the intimate aspect of our relationship fell apart that I realised, perhaps selfishly, that something else was wrong.
Here you are dating someone who you think could have BPD (or Bipolar).
I know these two things are different, but often times men and women get them confused.
Again, we’re not constantly at one of two extremes – there are also periods of feeling ‘normal’, which allow us to process things more sensibly, and think clearly.
The word ‘manic’ is incredibly daunting, and possibly not the best word to describe the actual symptoms.