But some people experience symptoms earlier — right about when they are starting to date.“When I first got sick, I felt like I think every person does who gets manic or severely depressed — utterly alone,” says Jamison, whose new biography about the poet Robert Lowell, who also had the illness, is out now from Knopf.
“There's no question that there are things that can be made easier by companionship.”Trying to find a companion, though, is hard enough without adding mental illness into the picture.
The bottomline is that bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness and despite large options in treatment and therapy, a person affected by it will never be able to offer you the kind of emotional and psychological support that a completely healthy partner can.
If you begin dating a patient of bipolar disorder, you are bound to feel that there are three people in the relationship – you, your partner and the disease.
The disorder is fundamentally characterized by dramatic mood swings and can lead to struggles in personal relationships.
The National Institute of Health estimates that nearly 2.6 million Americans are currently effected by the disorder.
Caroline Ewing, a student, used to tell her dates about her diagnosis up front, but she’s found that people are less understanding than they appear at the beginning.
However it is not entirely impossible to date a person with bipolar disorder if you keep certain points in mind.
Be sure of your priorities If you are still not into a relationship with a person having bipolar disorder, consider long and hard if you want to.
You may be required to give more and expect less to the relationship which over time can prove to be exhausting and unsatisfactory.
So if you are still not seeing this person seriously, consider whether you will be able to get emotionally involved with someone who requires long term treatment and support.
Everything comes through louder and it can be very difficult to navigate everyday life with such an intensity.