But he clearly didn’t know, because he didn’t mention it and seemed quite happy sitting across from me at my local Mexican restaurant, as we waited on our fajitas, me on my second Margarita. I genuinely cannot remember how, but he asked me a question and I inwardly rolled my eyes because I knew the moment had come (a little earlier than I’d hoped), and I said: “It’s because I had a nervous breakdown and I have bipolar.” Nothing. He just said, “OK.” I think I may have asked him if he wasn’t scared.
He didn’t get up, throw some money on the table, make his excuses and hurry out. When I honestly say I can’t remember his exact answer, it’s because he was nonplussed. ’ No normal person would just shrug off the fact that the woman they’ve been dating for the past three weeks has a mental illness, surely.
And a bi-polar individual must have alot of support and be able to trust their significant other.
It's sounds to me like she's using avoidance to not face guilt feelings.
Bipolar Disorder is one of the most severe mental disorders a person could have.
The lives of those suffering from it are hugely impacted by it.
The person may go from depressed to a manic state, or may experience other shifts in mood that affect the person's ability to function.
Instead, things he usually enjoyed just served as reminders to him of how terrible he felt.
No matter what you do, you can never make another person happy, and while that’s hard to accept, it’s not personal.
In a frank, honest account of the realities of living and dating with the condition, here she discusses the difficulties of opening up to a new partner about her suicide attempt, and why we all need to talk more about mental health. I say ‘semi’ because if he dug deep enough and did his Google homework, my new beau would easily find an old blog of mine and then he would know – I have bipolar disorder.
I hadn’t mentioned it before because it’s not like telling someone you have diabetes or that you’re colour-blind. Without treatment, there can be huge shifts in mood, from manic highs to crippling lows.