From the married, fifty year old going through a midlife crisis having a clandestine affair for months to the non-existent moral compass of a repeat, one night stand offender boyfriend, all have one thing in common; an innocent, significant other. There are many reasons why people cheat and unfortunately for those of us with bipolar […]
If you have a family member that has Bipolar Disorder, you have probably experienced the turmoil and destruction of mania. It can rip families apart and create financial burdens that are felt long after the mania has subsided. As the caregivers and support systems of a person with bipolar, we are always looking for ways […]
As the spouse of a man with bipolar disorder, I am well aware of the life and relationship my children would have if they dated someone with bipolar disorder. And though I love my husband and the life we have together, I don’t want my son or daughter to get involved with someone who has […]
Bipolar mania is devastating. It is physically and mentally draining on not only the patient but the entire circle of family and friends having to deal with the symptoms of a bipolar, hyper-manic episode which may include: High energy and impulsive, constant activity. High risk behaviour like speeding, gambling, using drugs, spending sprees and hypersexuality. […]
Bipolar is very difficult on family and friends. The mood swings from debilitating depressions to extreme manias can throw a whole home into a state of chaos. Everything revolves around the unwell person. Young children, no matter how much you try to shelter them from it, are deeply affected by an unstable environment. Sometimes in […]
In many ways, my marriage is no different than anyone else’s marriage. This is the second marriage for both my husband and I. We both have children from previous marriages. We both have ex-spouses that are still involved in our lives on a daily basis. We have extended families with varied backgrounds, sprinkled all around […]
There has been a lot of talk and backlash from the mental health community about the use of the word “selfish” in regards to suicide. I felt as though I had to speak out as the caregiver of a bipolar spouse. You may not agree with me but hopefully you will at least be able […]
Everyone can and should have stable relationships in their lives, even when one has a mental illness. My way is not the only way to achieve that. I only want to show you that it is possible.
What is this incessant need you have to prove to yourself and others that you’re sexy and desirable? It’s not good enough that you go out and flirt with other women or engage with them on social media, you have to tell me about it too. Is this a male thing? A bipolar thing? Or […]
When a family member is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it is important to find ways to help them accept it and themselves. It doesn’t have to be scary.