Take my friend Jerome, hired one summer to drive a van full of rich and annoying European teenagers across the country. I didn't hear Sara's story until later, but it didn't have many funny parts.Somewhere in the Midwest, without telling the kids or his employer or anyone else where he was going, he simply got out at a gas station and walked away. Her condition was rooted in a childhood depression that began when her father died suddenly of stomach cancer. Then came her diagnosis, and years of experimenting with different psychiatric drugs until her doctors found the magic combination.Bipolar disorder can be tough for the person affected; some people learn to control it, some don't, but it's important to understand how they're affected and how you can help them.Dating someone with bipolar is no different to dating anyone else.Here’s the truth: The internet and social media has completely changed the game.As Fredrik Ecklund states in his great book The Sell, the world today is much different than it was just 5 years ago.We want intimacy, understanding, and ultimately, love.Having stated what I consider obvious, I’ll give some thought to what many see as the difficulties of dating a person with bipolar disorder.
Here are some real life tidbits on dating a person with bipolar disorder: Knowledge is power, so learn as much as you can about your partner's disease.
This will also be a healthy sign to him or her that you care.
That being said, bipolar disorder is a complex disease, so try not to get too bogged down in the details.
Instead, focus on the big picture like what a manic episode is or how to recognize signs of depression.
It is important when you are dating someone with bipolar disorder to recognize that their disease is a piece of their life pie, and not their whole identity.
I believe you’ll find the book useful for your situation. Arming yourself with the knowledge of what Borderlines and Bipolar individuals want in a relationship will set you on a new path. I’m not a big fan of the mainstream media, which includes the relationship advice you find on these big branded websites.