- Bipolar Disorder: 10 Subtle Signs
- Could It Be Bipolar? 14 Signs to Look For
- 6 Tips to Remember When Bipolar Disorder Is Part of Your Relationship
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Today I approach dating with one purpose— to have fun. Dating experiences can teach you a lot about yourself.
Living with bipolar disorder gives you a very different perspective on the world around you. You look for meaning and depth in everything. We behave based on what we feel, not necessarily what we know is right or wrong.
Sometimes this can lead us to be irresponsible and careless, but if handled properly, can actually be a gift to another person. In my opinion, everyone benefits from getting to know someone who is unlike them.
We live in a society right now that lacks empathy and is void of emotion. The most empathetic people I know live with bipolar disorder, depression or anxiety. My dating experiences have opened me up to individuals who are very different from me as well. It is important for people to remember that challenges are inevitable in romantic relationships regardless of if your partner has a mental health condition or not.
My advice to those who live with bipolar disorder and ready to enter the dating world is to make sure you are confident in yourself. Do not assume you are the underdog because you live with a mental health condition.
Self-love and self-acceptance are so important when it comes to dating with bipolar disorder. I never used to be a big fan of self-help books, but two books that have really helped me gain confidence are: Give them a read for yourself and see how you can incorporate self-love into your life. It is not necessary for you to reveal your diagnosis up front. Wait until you feel comfortable, and believe that the other person deserves to hear about that part of your life. Remind yourself of that on a daily basis, and go into dating feeling proud of your differences.
This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work! Rejected Because of Bipolar After our breakup, it took me almost a year to feel like I could start dating again. What I Know Now Bipolar disorder does the dirty work for me and filters out individuals who tiptoe through life. Article continues below Concerned about Bipolar Disorder? Take our 2-minute Bipolar quiz to see if you may benefit from further diagnosis and treatment.
Bipolar Disorder: 10 Subtle Signs
Get our Free eNewsletter! Two of the most common types of behavior that can result from this are spending sprees and unusual sexual behavior. People with bipolar disorder often have sleep problems. During a depression phase, they may sleep too much, and feel tired all the time.
Bearden said getting on a regular sleep schedule is one of the first things she does for patients.
This symptom may be something that is hard to recognize, but occurs frequently when someone is in a manic phase. People feel like their mind is racing and they can't control or slow down their thoughts. People with bipolar may not recognize or admit that their mind is racing out of control, says Dr. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Great mood Bipolar disorder is characterized by up-and-down episodes of mania and depression.
Could It Be Bipolar? 14 Signs to Look For
Inability to complete tasks Having a house full of half-completed projects is a hallmark of bipolar disorder. Depression A person who is in a bipolar depressive state is going to look just like someone who has regular depression. What is Mania in Bipolar Disorder? Irritability Some people with bipolar suffer from "mixed mania" where they experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time.
6 Tips to Remember When Bipolar Disorder Is Part of Your Relationship
Everyone has bad days, which is one reason this kind of bipolarity is much harder to recognize. Rapid speech Some people are naturally talkative; we all know a motor mouth or chatty Cathy. Trouble at work People with bipolar disorder often have difficulty in the workplace because so many of their symptoms can interfere with their ability to show up for work, do their job, and interact productively with others.
A lot of the workplace problems can be interpersonal ones, Dr. Alcohol or drug abuse About 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder also have a substance abuse problem, particularly alcohol use, Dr. Erratic behavior When they are in a manic phase, people with bipolar disorder can have an inflated self-esteem.
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Sleep problems People with bipolar disorder often have sleep problems. During a manic phase, they may not sleep enough--but still never feel tired. Even on just a few hours of sleep each night, they may feel great and have lots of energy. Flight of ideas This symptom may be something that is hard to recognize, but occurs frequently when someone is in a manic phase. This flight of ideas sometimes occurs with pressured speech.