Bipolar Symptoms:Online Dating Sites And Mania

My personal experience with online dating and a bipolar person in a manic phase. Includes easy to read Bipolar Symptoms Infographic.

My husband and I just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. We have a wonderful relationship but it has taken a lot of hard work and patience to achieve the level of contentment and symmetry we have now.

The beginning of our relationship was fun but fast. I doubt either one of us had time to think.

Looking back now, I can clearly see that he was in a manic phase, one of the bipolar symptoms. It would be a few years into our marriage before he would be officially diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1.

This is not entirely unusual. I hear from many spouses on my blog and my YouTube Channel. It seems many of our stories begin the same.

I hope to educate and inspire others to find serenity and happiness in their lives, and in their marriages. I realize that not everyone is able to be in a relationship with a bipolar person. It takes two to make it work.

Here is a quick reference guide for you if you believe you, your spouse or a family member may be bipolar. Please seek professional help for a correct diagnosis.


Bipolar Symptoms

Bipolar Symptoms:Online Dating Sites And Mania. Infograph of Manic Depressive Symptoms


Let me preface that I am neither a therapist or licensed professional I merely share my story to help others see that they too can have a successful marriage and overcome obstacles together. This is the beginning…

My personal experience with online dating and a bipolar person in a manic phase. Includes easy to read Bipolar Symptoms Infographic.

“I got in your car and you leaned into me.

Too fast. It all began too fast and was so all-consuming. The exhilaration of a new relationship to me, I realize now was just a manic phase for you. After 16 years of a non-existent marriage, I jumped all in to a relationship with someone who made me feel wanted. Was it really love or was I just your latest addiction?

I flirted with online dating sites for months. Vacillating between being obsessed with logging on and chatting to staying away for weeks. Somewhere in there, you found me. ” Diary, Mrs. Bipolar, 2006.


And so it begins. At least that’s how it all began for me. Divorced, two kids, looking for some harmless fun. Little did I know I would meet the man of my dreams…and my nightmares. The first 2 years were a whirlwind of dating, moving in together, getting engaged and getting married. There were some things I was aware of in the beginning. I knew he had been an alcoholic, sober for 15 years. I knew he had had a gambling problem. I knew he was bad with money. How could someone that had a good job never have any? I knew that at some points in his life he had suffered from depression and panic attacks. I knew he was on anti-depressants. So I clearly didn’t go into this relationship with my eyes closed, did I? Looking back, I would characterize those years as hypo mania; fun, happy, good times. I was not prepared for the chaos that would come next…


Disclaimer: I am not a therapist or a doctor. This post is based solely on my personal experiences and should not be deemed as advice or counsel. Please seek appropriate medical attention from a licensed professional.

Recommended Reading: (affiliate links)
Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner
Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A 4-Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability
Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families

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