3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship on Track


Here are a few ideas to keep you and your sweetheart in synch when living with bipolar disorder.

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By Robin L. Flanigan


Cultivate connection:

Even during severe depressive episodes when she wants to isolate herself, LaRae of Maine can deeply feel her husband’s love in one of his hugs or an offer to clean up the dishes after dinner. “Just knowing there isn’t that much pressure to be overly romantic makes it a lot easier to have intimacy in a relationship,” she says, “even when you’re struggling.”


Time your talks:

“It’s sort of like with sex—it’s not a good time to talk about it in bed after something has just happened,” explains Anita H. Clayton, MD. “Set separate time aside to give the conversation the priority that it deserves.”


Decompress as a duo:

Maureen and her husband “have our secret places where we find serenity.” Together, the California couple walk in nature, pray in a chapel, or reflect in a meditation garden. “It’s important to have at least one special place just to ‘be’ for a while,” she says.


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Printed as “3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship On Track”, Summer 2016

About the author
Robin L. Flanigan is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in People magazine, US Airways Magazine and other national and regional publications. She lives in Rochester, New York.
  1. I am at my wittsend, I don’t know what to do. I am in one state and my partner is in another. I see them maybe one or two weeks ever 3 to 4 months. They know my family and friends, I know nothing about them. It’s been 12 years now we’re togeather. I have never been to their home or meant there family. I have been as patient, understanding and try so hard to be here for them. . They will go months at a time with no communication, none. When they do come around they act like nothing is wrong, everything is my fault. Damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I love them very much or I wouldn’t have stuck around this long. They are a beautiful loving person, but I am getting weaker by the day. What to do????????

  2. I am bipolar. When I have an out break of screaming and etc. My husband and family will get up in my face and scream back at me. My daughter has left, having nothing to do with me. Our grandson moved out of our home. I miss them. They say all I do is scream. They don’t want to hear it anymore. We lost our son, age 30. It has been almost 9 years. Why can’t my family be understanding and loving with me. Instead they scream back. I hurt so deep. All I do is cry. Just wish there were some way I could make them understand. I don’t want to be like this.

  3. Him and I were friends. Him and I fell madly in Love. All was Fairy Tale like until we found out both our Diagnosis; Bipolar…..Now what?! So here we are, riding the waves of this Ocean <3

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