This is because even if you understand mental illness — I was already struggling with anxiety and depression when my husband was diagnosed — you don’t know what it’s going to look like in a particular person.
There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.2.
People with bipolar disorder, who often receive an initial diagnosis of unipolar (or major) depression, can struggle with their symptoms for years before the disorder is recognized and treated.
By some estimates, as many as half of all bipolar cases are not identified.
So I met this amazing guy a little bit over a month ago. he was sweet, caring and carried so many characteristics I have.
We live however a 10 hour drive away during the school year while I'm attending university. A week ago we found out his court hearing for his DUI was set for my birthday.
Fast forward six years, we were madly in love and engaged, then married. A few months after that, he was diagnosed with Bipolar 2, and our marriage was in for a hell of a ride.
One year after that, my husband came home after work, sat down at the kitchen table and told me he wanted a divorce. Ten years later, I’ve had a book published about our marriage, a lot of sleepless nights, and a heck of a lot of a lessons learned about loving someone with bipolar disorder.
The disorders characteristic combination of symptomsbouts of depression interspersed with periods of an abnormally elevated mood known as maniais easy to miss or misread, even for trained experts.To do this, be sure to engage in positive self-talk, Friedman says.And if you are on medication, take it religiously; be consistent with therapy; surround yourself with a support system of friends and family; and be around upbeat, positive people.“Don’t push yourself to date if the timing doesn’t feel right,” she says. You might need to lick your own wounds first.”You don’t owe it to the person to discuss your depression on a first date, Friedman says.He'd tell me that no one was there for him and he didn't understand how he can be so happy from one minute to hating life the next.Things got so bad that he got into a fight last night with a guy at the gym and got arrested and was told he might get charged with assult.