Signs you are dating someone with bipolar disorder
At some point, though, you will need to let your partner know that you are bipolar.
"I don't think it's necessary to introduce your psychiatric problems on the first date," Haltzman says.
Then he would hit the "down" side and sink into the depths of depression.
These wild swings put stress on his marriage and threatened to run his family's finances into the ground.
Weissman is professor of epidemiology and psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
She is also chief of the department in clinical-genetic epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Haltzman is clinical assistant professor in the Brown University department of psychiatry and human behavior.
He's also medical director of NRI Community Services in Woonsocket, R. and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women.
"The person, particularly if untreated, may be prone to changes in their mood, their personality, and their interactions that can threaten the consistency that is the framework of a relationship." He adds that not everyone with bipolar disorder experiences the distinct mood phases of mania and depression.
But when one partner has bipolar disorder, simple stressors can reach epic proportions.
That may be why as many as 90% of marriages involving someone with bipolar disorder reportedly fail.
With therapy you can learn to control the behaviors that are putting stress on your relationship.
Having your spouse go through therapy with you can help him or her understand why you act the way you do and learn better ways to react.