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

The 4 Stages of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Marybeth Smith
February 12, 2012

Persevering through the symptoms of bipolar disorder in a loving relationship is like weathering the stages of grief. Just hang on. Marriage before my 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...


SoundOFF! On Dating With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine Readers
January 1, 2012

Telling someone you have bipolar at the beginning of a relationship could result in being judged unfairly. How do you navigate the dating scene with bipolar?   bp readers respond   I met the man who is now my husband weeks after being diagnosed with bipolar. Though that might have been an issue, the melanoma...


Dating with Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know

Jodi Helmer
January 1, 2012

Bipolar may up the ante in a new romance, but success still boils down to finding a good fit. Hope dated several men after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II in 2004, but none of the relationships lasted long enough to make her mental health an issue. When Hope, 45, developed feelings for a...


The Dating Dilemma— To Date, Or Not To Date?

Julie A. Fast
February 1, 2009

If the stress of romantic relationships is taking a toll on your stability, consider taking a time out from dating. I made a difficult decision a year ago: I stopped dating. In fact, I decided to stop all behavior that had anything to do with romantic relationships. It’s not that I don’t want to be...


Bipolar Disorder Relapse: A Time For Learning & Reflection

February 21, 2005

Reflecting on the times you’ve relapsed can help you remember why recovery is important By Lizzie   March 23, 2003. My twenty-seventh birthday. I sat in my garden in Brooklyn and watched as about a dozen of my closest friends sang happy birthday. I remember they looked like the most beautiful group of people I...