Navigating any romantic relationship -- whether it's dating or marriage -- can be a tricky endeavor.Add bipolar disorder with its roller-coaster ride of emotions into the mix, and relationships become even more challenging.He tells Web MD that bipolar disorder can seriously complicate a relationship."The person, particularly if untreated, may be prone to changes in their mood, their personality, and their interactions that can threaten the consistency that is the framework of a relationship." He adds that not everyone with bipolar disorder experiences the distinct mood phases of mania and depression.Your doctor can prescribe mood stabilizing medications, such as Lithium, with antidepressants to help control your symptoms.Therapy with a trained psychologist or social worker is also important.
He's also medical director of NRI Community Services in Woonsocket, R. and author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men and The Secrets of Happily Married Women.He eventually signed the house over to his wife to protect her and his two young children.Finally, he says, "She asked me to leave because she couldn't live with the illness anymore." When people get into a relationship, they're looking for stability, says Scott Haltzman, MD.That means spending money recklessly, becoming promiscuous, engaging in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse, and even getting into trouble with the law."When you have a spouse with bipolar disorder who gets in a manic phase," he says, "it can be extremely detrimental to the relationship because they may be doing things that endanger you or may endanger you financially." On the other side of the curve is depression.Then he would hit the "down" side and sink into the depths of depression.