The difference lies in getting treatment so that mood swings and episodes are greatly reduced in both frequency and intensity.Once the bipolar spouse is stable, it is possible for both partners to gain insight into bipolar disorder and its impact on both partners – both as individuals and on their marriage.What is particularly striking is the difficulty in separating cause and effect. For example, we know that bipolar disorder erodes the quality or ALL interpersonal relationships, and marriage is no exception.Perhaps for many of us the intuitive thing is to assume that a person with bipolar disorder will have poorer interpersonal skills and be harder to get along with than a “regular” person. What I mean is,have you ever considered that marital problems may be a trigger for mood episodes, and it is stress somewhere in the relationship that is making the bipolar spouse worse? However, there is still some room for a complex interplay between marital tensions that arise from the behavior of the bipolar spouse during a mood episode, and possible increasing and/or triggering of episodes of mania and/or depression because the bipolar spouse is so vulnerable to any problems that arise in the marriage.The word ‘manic’ is incredibly daunting, and possibly not the best word to describe the actual symptoms.Mania doesn’t mean we’re going crazy, that we’re going to do something absolutely absurd or that we’re going to get violent or be incredibly nasty to you.Violence was a particular worry for partners when their spouse was manic.
They can be accompanied by tearfulness, suicidal thoughts and feelings of guilt.However, while everyone with the disorder knows what to expect, those close to them may not be as familiar with how they might act during a time of mania or depression.So, here are a few things you should know before dating someone with bipolar disorder.Of course, everyone suffers and deals with bipolar differently, and there are many different types on the spectrum, with Type 1 and 2 being most common.Type 1 bipolar disorder means you have more extreme mood swings with longer periods of mania. Of course, neither type is necessarily ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than another and everyone with the disorder will have experience what they deem to be the ‘worst part’ of the disorder at some point or another.