In concluding my article I would just like to restate that while it can be difficult dating someone who has a mental illness it can also be rewarding, and just because someone doesn’t have a mental illness doesn’t mean that they won’t be just as difficult.
There are several different types of Bipolar disorders and many other mental illnesses that often accompany Bipolar disorder. So, instead I’m going to write about dating someone with a mental illness in general.
The first step when dating someone with a mental illness is recognizing the mental illness.
When anyone becomes extremely stressed they become more agitated and may respond inappropriately. Everyone whether they have a mental illness or not cope with things. Many people listen to music or participate in arts and crafts as a way of coping. It is also important to talk about your feelings, and let them know when they are pushing you too far. Although it may not seem like it, they really are not trying to upset you.
They are just trying to make themselves feel better and often don’t realize how much they are affecting you.
Be patient with them, and remind yourself that they do have a mental illness and they do not mean everything that they say.
From experience I’ve learned that the people that they lash out on are the people they feel the most comfortable with and care about the most, so don’t take it personal and don’t lash back.
Just as they need someone to talk to in order to cope, you also need to cope.
Being with someone with a mental illness can sometimes be stressful. It is important not only to figure out a good coping skill for the person you are dating but also for you.
When someone with one these disorders has an episode and becomes symptomatic they may experience other mental issues such as anger, depression, anxiety, mania, antisocial behavior, and addiction.
Okay, now that I’ve briefly explained mental illness, the next step to dating someone with a mental illness is understanding them as an individual.
There are many types of mental illnesses including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.