A great article did appear in bp Hope, showing that these relationships can succeed: Marriage and Bipolar Disorder.
I also like this short piece by Dr Jim Phelps on Relationships with Bipolar People.
*Throughout the article, reference is made to 'he' or 'she' when talking about a person who is bipolar.
Bipolar disorder is NOT multiple personality disorder. Also, it is important that when well we work towards becoming number 4, not the manic self we may enjoy because of the feelings of confidence and achievement.Aside from significant others, relationships where more than one person has bipolar disorder may occur a lot within families as the illness has such a strong genetic component.If you have the disorder, chances are high that you will have a sibling, parent, grandparent, uncle, cousin etc who does too.Obviously, the dynamics within a bipolar family can be very dramatic and intense.The ideal situation is for everyone to have an accurate diagnosis and be receiving effective treatment, but sadly this is all too rare.Recently I read a very compelling, evocative essay about bipolar relationships.The writer used the metaphor of a fire in the brain for bipolar, and described the way that spouses, family and friends may all get “burned up” as fuel. Our higher and better self – that idealized version of the self that is the best person we can be and that we all (hopefully) aspire to.After all, is it the person who is bipolar, or is it the relationship?Regardless of these semantic problems, let’s go with the first definition and discuss the issues that arise in relationships with people who have bipolar disorder.Another problem with a lot of Internet “information” is that the people concerned have not necessarily been diagnosed by a psychiatrist so the issues discussed may have nothing to do with bipolar relationships. We are ONLY discussing people who have had an expert psychiatric diagnosis.Likewise, we are not going to talk about the unsatisfactory boyfriend or girlfriend YOU have labelled as “bipolar”. Both parties in the relationship may have the disorder, or only one person may have the disorder.