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.   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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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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My Partner With Bipolar Cheated on Me When Manic & Hypersexual

Julie A. Fast
September 7, 2017

If a partner with bipolar disorder ‘cheats’ it is important to distinguish the underlying cause— relationship problems, or hypersexuality? by Julie A. Fast   I was standing next to my partner’s hospital bed when he told me he had slept with someone (he had just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder one the day before).  I...

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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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What Helps & What Hurts: Tips for Caregivers

Stephen Propst
April 26, 2016

When you love someone who is suffering from bipolar disorder, there’s only so much you can do. But we have some advice on how to help. By Stephen Propst   Do you have a family member or friend who lives with bipolar? Do you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle? Who can blame you?...

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Finding Myself

Julie Joyce
February 9, 2015

My son moved away a few months ago. We didn’t part ways under the best of conditions but we are slowly healing. Today we are both in a better place. Like many parents I was stuck in a routine. For years I would go to work, come home, clean, cook, dishes, laundry and somewhere in...

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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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