Dating and Bipolar

Bipolar disorder can add some extra challenge to the world of dating. See the articles below for strategies to consider when it comes to meeting someone new, personal stories and practical advice.

Blogs and Articles

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.   I have been in love many times throughout my life and have had a number of long-term relationships. The last one ended after we were together...

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Dating and When to Disclose You Have Bipolar Disorder

Lynn Rae
April 18, 2018

You may find it best to be upfront about your bipolar disorder diagnosis, so you can make sure you are with a person who will be supportive.   By Lynn Rae   Dating is difficult at any age.  But when you add bipolar disorder to the mix it can be extremely daunting.  How does one...

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3 Benefits of Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Jasper Benitez
May 12, 2017

Would you believe me if I told you there are benefits to loving someone with bipolar disorder? Probably not. Which is precisely why I will be making the case for it.   There is no doubt that individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder can often be difficult to interact with. Their episodes, their attitude, their way...

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Bipolar & the Dating Game

Tracey Lloyd
October 12, 2016

Dealing with romantic rejection when you have bipolar disorder means using coping tools like positive self-talk that will arrest the slide into depression. By Tracey Lloyd   Dating sucks. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. But maybe I should amend my statement and say that finding someone to date sucks. There are...

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Valentines – Were you depressed?

Wendy K. Williamson
February 19, 2014

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It used to be a holiday I hated. I stared at goopy couples hand in hand while I waited on them in restaurants wondering what was wrong with me. I delivered their desserts with a smile painted on and then slinked away back to the kitchen to mock a holiday which broke...

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Can People With Bipolar Disorder Have Healthy Relationships

Chato Stewart
February 12, 2014

Navigating any romantic relationship can be a tricky endeavor. Adding bipolar disorder to the mix makes relationships even more challenging.   “Navigating any romantic relationship — whether it’s dating or marriage — can be a tricky endeavor. Add bipolar disorder with its roller-coaster ride of emotions into the mix, and relationships become even more challenging.”...

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Coming Out

Karl Shallowhorn
December 6, 2013

I met my wife at a party in 1992.  At this time I had no expectation of any kind of a connection so my defenses were down.  At this first encounter I shared that I was a recovering addict.  This didn’t particularly phase her.  We had a great time talking with each other and she...

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Bipolar and Sex Addiction: 1st Adult WebCam

Chato Stewart
July 24, 2013

Originally Published on Psych Central July 2013 Did you know the first webcam was developed in 1991, and the “Webcam was pointed at the Trojan Room Coffee Pot in the Cambridge University Computer Science Department”. The camera was finally switched off on August 22, 2001. (see) In my cartoon I have the first adult webcam...

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Jim Has Bipolar Disorder. How Long Does Jane Stay?

Julie A. Fast
April 25, 2013

 Scenario: Jane loves Jim who has bipolar. He does very well on meds. It’s a miracle as his initial manic/psychotic episode was epic. At least once a year, Jim decides he feels great and doesn’t need meds. By the time Jane notices the signs, he’s already in a mood swing and says he’s fine and...

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Is It LOVE, Or Is It MANIA?

Stephanie Stephens
February 7, 2013

Giddy romance and mania have a lot in common, so learn the signs that tell you which is which.   In Irving Berlin’s catchy Broadway tune “You’re Just In Love,” a puzzled young man wonders why he can’t sleep or eat, yet feels like he’s walking on air. It’s OK, he’s told: You don’t need...

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SOUNDOFF! Love or Mania

bp Magazine
February 3, 2013

The euphoria and obsessiveness we feel in the early throes of new love have a lot in common with symptoms of mania. How often have you found yourself wondering if your “true love” is really true? Do manic episodes often find you pursuing “the one”?   I was in the early throes of new love with my girlfriend in a...

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Are Your Relationships Making You Sick?

Julie A. Fast
November 29, 2012

I’ve been managing bipolar disorder successfully for over 10 years. By successfully, I mean that I work on my health every day and learn from my mistakes. Lots of mistakes. Outside of medications, I think that carefully choosing the people in your life is the #1 way to manage bipolar disorder. Good relationships keep you...

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Congratulationship!

Julie A. Fast
September 16, 2012

It’s so hard to be generous when you feel like hell. It’s hard to be happy for others when you’re unhappy. It’s hard not to be jealous when you see someone get what you don’t have. It’s hard to say, ‘I’m so proud of you! Good job! You deserve it! I’m happy for you!” …..when...

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Sex *GASP* Did I really just say that?

Marybeth Smith
July 8, 2012

Now that I’ve got everyone’s attention … I’m going to breech the subject that makes me incredibly uncomfortable!   We all know hypersexuality is a symptom of bipolar disorder, but it’s also a symptom that is a bit foreign to me.   Or is it?   Being raised in a strict Catholic family, I am...

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When it comes to love…

Melody Moezzi
April 30, 2012

I met my husband, Matthew, some 15 years ago, and we’ve been married for nearly ten. He’s sat with me and held my hand in countless hospitals; traveled with me across oceans, prayed with me, danced with me, laughed with me, and he’s watched me lose my mind and helped me retrieve it. I received...

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Dating In the Time of Bipolar

Danielle Belton
February 17, 2012

Valentine’s Day has always been a source of anxiety for me as it seems to be the singular holiday meant to remind the chronically single that they are still, woefully, not partnered up. In my case, I’ve been sans partner most of my life. In my 34 years of living I have produced one college boyfriend and...

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Why I Don’t Date

Julie A. Fast
February 16, 2012

I don’t date because waiting for a guy To call me or text me makes me cry In frustration and anger But not towards him He’s just a nice guy from the internet or the gym The problem is the ear ringing and the OCD A mind that races and glazed eyes that can’t see...

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The Stages of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Marybeth Smith
February 12, 2012

Marriage before my BP diagnosis wasn’t a roller coaster; it was more like a broken escalator shifting up and down, my husband and I stumbling over each step. As young newlyweds unaware of what made my emotions so unstable, our relationship was off to an intense, rocky start.   How did we survive 10+ years...

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Have You Found Your Group?

Julie A. Fast
February 9, 2012

People often tell me- I want to be a part of something. I want to be a part of a group and do something with my life. I feel the same, especially when I get depressed and lonely. It has become a cliché- but the saying, “You need to find your tribe,” describes a desire for...

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A Little Help From my Husbands

Melody Moezzi
January 30, 2012

After a decade in Atlanta, my husband, Matthew, and I just moved to Raleigh. I’d like to say I was a big help in the moving process, but that would be a big, fat, stinking lie.   I spent the past month traveling, and when I showed up in Raleigh last week, Matthew and my...

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