Bipolar Husband, Wife, Parent

Building and maintaining your marriage when your spouse has bipolar can be challenging. Check out the articles below for personal stories, practical advice and tips on maintaining healthy relationships with your husband, wife or partner.

Blogs and Articles

Bipolar Disorder and the Marriage-Go-Round

April Michael
January 19, 2016

Marriage without mental illness, so I’m told, is challenging enough. Add bipolar disorder, and you are in for some extra work. “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within What can...


5 Things to Remember when Being a Parent with Bipolar Disorder

Yvette Hess
November 24, 2015

Your bipolar disorder wellness plan, as a parent, should take into account both you AND your children. This post looks into the challenges faced by parents diagnosed with bipolar disorder and provides some insight into how to develop a recovery plan inclusive of the well-being of their children. The bipolar disorder Having bipolar disorder and...

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My Struggle with Alcohol Dependence

November 4, 2015

Alcohol dependence gets in the way of me being a good mother, a good wife, and a good bipolar symptom-manager. To paraphrase Frida Kahlo: “l tried to drown my isolation in alcohol but it learned to swim”… If you follow me, you are fully aware that I have been struggling these last few years in...


How My Bipolar Diagnosis Set Me Free

Sharon Chisholm
October 27, 2015

Bipolar is not a life choice or the result of making bad decisions in my younger days––it’s something that I have to live with and manage for the rest of my life. My name is Sharon and I live on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia. I’m 45, married with 2 children and...


Jennifer Marshall: Balancing Motherhood & Bipolar

Lori Hile
October 1, 2015

For Jennifer Marshall—wife, mother, and creator of  ‘This Is My Brave’—a bipolar diagnosis led to a more satisfying life and redefining what really matters. Jennifer used to define success in terms of her high-powered recruiting job for one of the top creative staffing agencies in the Washington, D.C., area. She was the lead salesperson at...


Part I: Parenting Insights for Those Who Have Bipolar Disorder

Brad Hoefs
June 27, 2015

When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder I was 37 years old at the time. My wife and I had two children. Our oldest child was twelve years old at the time and our youngest was eight.   For approximately the two years prior to my diagnosis my mental health was deteriorating quite rapidly.   While I...


I Am a ‘Good Mother’: Accepting Bipolar Disorder and the Imperfections of Motherhood

Liza Brock
April 15, 2015

It is not easy to be a mother and to constantly compare yourself to other mothers. It’s important to remember: Everyone has their struggles. By Liza Brock   Before I had children, I wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar. So I had all these grand ideas of what type of a mother I would be. I was going...


Across the Miles-Australia: Raising Kids When You Have Bipolar

Liza Brock
March 10, 2015

Hello, beautiful people. I mentioned in my previous post that I have three young children. How do I manage the day-to-day and living with my Bipolar? First of all I have found that the time of year and the seasons have often had an effect on my moods and stability. You may know that Australia...


Living with Bipolar Disorder Stigma in Australia

Liza Brock
February 24, 2015

I get upset that bipolar disorder is hidden away in Australia––this just plays into the stigma and lack of understanding that surrounds this illness. But, I am optimistic that there will (finally) be a shift in public understanding. Hi, my name is Liza, I live in Brisbane Australia, married to a smashing husband and have...



bp Magazine Readers
May 7, 2013

When one person in a couple has bipolar disorder, both partners are affected. What helps you maintain a healthy relationship despite bipolar symptoms? What’s been most useful in helping your partner to help you through mood shifts?   One thing we do is to be very open about what we observe about my day-to-day symptoms....


Striking The Delicate Balance Between Delusions & Depression

Joan Patterson Gardner
August 7, 2012

Juggling between the extreme emotions that come with mania and dark depressions can be like an impossible balancing act. By J.P.G.   “Time to take my meds,” my husband said as we drove lickety-split down the gravel road to town. I handed him his pills. He rolled down the car window, threw them out, and...


Learning To Embrace Both Bipolar Disorder & Fatherhood

Eric G. Wilson
August 10, 2011

When you have bipolar disorder, an addiction and are a father, coping mechanisms can be complicated. A month after the birth of my daughter Una, when I should have been full of hope, all I could do was sit in my darkened study and stare. I knew I should be out in the light helping my wife nurture our girl, but...


Taking On Bipolar Disorder, Together

Bruce Goldstein
May 7, 2011

We all enter relationships with baggage––some more than others. But you can persevere through together. And that’s what loving relationships are all about. Today, I was sharing a big chocolate chip cookie with my wife and daughter at City Bakery. We were enjoying a family day. Suddenly I looked at Brooke and gave her a...


SOUNDOFF!: Relationships & Bipolar

bp Magazine Readers
November 8, 2008

It’s not uncommon for people with bipolar disorder to become so involved with their own challenges that relationships with friends and family suffer. If you have faced this, how have you met those challenges to retain your relationships?   Before I accepted my diagnosis, I could be very cruel to my family. I divorced my...


Scenes from a Marriage with Bipolar Disorder

Laura Yeager
February 8, 2008

Consider this heartfelt (and humorous) advice from a veteran wife who has worked through many of the special challenges associated with being married with bipolar disorder. By Laura Yeager   I’m no psychiatrist, but maybe I should be. A little more than 10 years ago, I got married, a big step for anyone. But marriage...


SoundOFF! Beating The Marriage Odds

bp Magazine Readers
February 8, 2007

Maintaining a long-term relationship or marriage when one partner has bipolar disorder is a challenge. Many couples make it work. How have you succeeded in your loving relationship?   My wife and I have been married for seven years. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder I in her late teens. The success in our marriage...


Bipolar Recovery—Creating Your Wellness Team

Stephanie Stephens
November 8, 2006

The members of your wellness team might include your therapist and your best friend, or you 
and your nurse practitioner.
 But whatever the lineup, YOU
 are the coach in your bipolar recovery. By Stephanie Stephens   Whether you have a fabulous insurance plan, or are coping in a public system, you—the consumer— are the leader...


SoundOFF! Creating Your Wellness Team

bp Magazine Readers
November 8, 2006

Have you built a wellness team of people to support you in your recovery? We invite you to share your experience. Yes, I have a wellness team of people who are supporting me in my recovery. I have a psychologist, a therapist, and a case manager. I also have friends who have helped me greatly...