How Do You Get Over Your Bipolar Spouse Cheating?

There are many reasons why people cheat and unfortunately for those of us with bipolar spouses, hyper sexuality and infidelity can also be a consequence of an untreated hypomanic or hypermanic episode.

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 […]

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Why I Don't Hide My Experiences With Bipolar

Sometimes it's funny. Sometimes it's embarrassing and hard to admit. Sometimes people lash out at me and make nasty comments. Here is the real reason I share my experiences as the spouse of a bipolar person.

It what seems ages ago, my husband and I went through a really rough patch known as hypomania. Actually, he loved it. It was me who was distraught and miserable. And while he had no problem finding like minded individuals online going through or having experienced the exact same phase of bipolar disorder, I couldn’t […]

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Is It Emotions Or Bipolar?

How do you differentiate “normal” feelings from “bipolar” feelings?

Mood swings for bipolar people can be very drastic and can occur as often as hourly, especially during relapses. When the emotions are extreme, it can be easy to associate them with the disorder. But what if they’re not polar? How do you differentiate “normal” feelings from “bipolar” feelings? It can be difficult to step […]

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Lori Schafer : A Daughter's Memoir of Mental Illness

My mother's mental illness took everything. My family, my home, my friends, my future.

It is a great honour to have the talented author, Lori Schafer share with you her thoughts and a brief excerpt from her book today on the blog as my guest blogger. I wish her great success with her memoir, On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental […]

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Bipolar Disorder: The Financial Burden

The following are part of my families' financial plan. Trust me from experience when I say that you will increase the chances of your marriage surviving if you can at the very least, minimize the financial consequences.

Statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against you. In the United States and Canada, at least 40 percent of all marriages fail. But the statistics for marriages involving a person who has bipolar disorder are especially sobering—an estimated 90 percent of these end in divorce, according to a November 2003 article, “Managing Bipolar Disorder,” in […]

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Dealing With Dual Diagnosis : Bipolar And Addiction

Many people that have a mental illness have an addiction due to their need to self medicate. This is how my husband deals with his diagnosis of bipolar and being an alcoholic.

“Hi. My name is Rob and I’m Bipolar.” My husband has bipolar disorder. It is no secret to his family, friends or co-workers. He is the one that openly declares his illness and claims it as his own. He doesn’t say he has. He says he is.

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Is Suicide Selfish? A Caregiver’s Point Of View

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 compelled to speak out as a caregiver of a spouse who has bipolar disorder.

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 […]

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Please Stop Comparing Mental Illness To Cancer

I do not understand why the need to compare illnesses to get the point across. I think it’s childish. This isn’t a competition on who has it worse.

I have had something building up inside me for a weeks and I have to spill it. It was Mental Health Awareness Week around the world and everywhere I looked, someone was posting a statement about the “openness” of discussing cancer and the mental illness “stigma”. I am completely flabbergasted that even well known organizations […]

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Sex And The Manic Mind

The most difficult symptom of mania for spouses/partners is the hypersexuality in bipolar disorder. Even amongst all the chaos, hostility and upheaval that can occur, cheating can bring all the understanding and sympathy to a screeching halt.

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 […]

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