Bipolar Disorder and Relationships

Maintaining relationships while managing bipolar disorder is tough. Here are personal stories, practical advice and tips to make relationships a bit easier.

Blogs and Articles

Combat Obsessive Thoughts About The Future By Focusing On The Present

Jasper Benitez
July 24, 2018

Abandonment in his past has led columnist Jasper Benitez to fear the future. Now, he is working to stay focused on the present. By Jasper Benitez   As someone who lives with bipolar, I can tell you that fear of the future is one of my biggest struggles. I become so engulfed with thoughts about...

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Why We Must STOP the Stigma of Taking Sick Leave for Bipolar Depression

Lynda Williams
July 20, 2018

Sick leave is not a vacation, it’s a necessary measure to treat the depression that interferes with the ability to make effective decisions   By Lynda Williams     Having an invisible illness like bipolar gives me the option to disclose or not based on what I feel is necessary and appropriate, and for the...

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5 Truths About Maintaining a Loving Relationship When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Andrea Paquette
July 5, 2018

Having bipolar disorder is challenging when it comes to maintaining healthy relationships, but there is much we can do to encourage the acceptance of ourselves and one another.   By Andrea Paquette   I have been in love many times throughout my life and have had a number of long-term relationships. The last one ended...

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Managing Close Relationships When Moods Pull Them Apart

Robin L. Flanigan
July 4, 2018

Self-awareness and healthy boundaries are key to maintaining strong relationships with your significant others, family and friends when mood swings threaten to pull you apart. By Robin L. Flanigan   All relationships ebb and flow. It comes with the territory because, well, we’re human. But when bipolar is part of the equation, the dynamics of...

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Face to Face, Eye to Eye: Confronting Stigma from an Expected Source

Carol Borrelli
July 3, 2018

Stereotyping can come at unexpected moments and you may not know how to react—this can be fuel for your mission to combat stigma. By Carol Borrelli   As a person with a mental health condition, and almost a lifetime of caring for others with one as well, countering stigma means the world to me. I...

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‘You Want Me to WHAT?’ How Trusting Friends and Family Can Help Ease Bipolar’s Grip on Our Minds

Julie A. Fast
June 21, 2018

Sometimes it helps to trust that our loved-ones can provide valuable insight into our behavior to help us cope with symptoms.   By Julie A. Fast   My mom is by far my biggest support. She has always been here for me even when she had no idea how to help me. It has been...

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Watching out for ‘White Knight Syndrome’ in Relationships

Natasha Tracy
June 20, 2018

It’s not possible to “save” someone from bipolar, but there are many ways they CAN help you   Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy and this is BP Magazine’s BPHope vlog. Today I want to talk about “white knight syndrome” in relationships. When some people look at a person with bipolar disorder, they may see the person...

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Acceptance: A Difficult Journey for You AND Your Family

Lindsay Wheeler
June 14, 2018

The process of accepting a bipolar diagnosis is long and arduous—for both you AND your family members. By Lindsay Wheeler   I say my life started in 2014 when I began writing about my secret battle with bipolar. Just after telling my parents, I announced it publicly on Facebook. Wrapped up in the sensation of...

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Clearing up ‘Massive Misunderstandings’ About Bipolar

Natasha Tracy
June 13, 2018

It can be difficult to talk to others about bipolar for many reasons—arming yourself with education and preparing examples can help.   If I walk up to someone who doesn’t know anything about bipolar disorder and just tell them I have bipolar disorder, chances are very good there’s going to be a massive misunderstanding there....

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How to Constructively Speak to Loved Ones With Bipolar

Stephen Propst
June 12, 2018

When speaking to a loved one with bipolar, remain cognizant of what you say– you may unintentionally be affecting their recovery. By Stephen Propst Knowing what to say when you’re speaking to some- one who is living with bipolar can be challenging. You may unintentionally or unknowingly be using words that are disheartening and discouraging,...

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