Last updated on Jun 10th, 2021 at 04:53 pm

Some people learn to control their bipolar disorder – others don’t.

Here are some guidelines from wikiHow to help you when dating a bipolar man.  Remember, however, that everyone is different and not all these steps may apply to your new man.

  1.  Do some research

Gaining some understanding of the disorder can help you understand your bipolar man’s needs and moods. Moods in bipolar people can change drastically in a short space of time, from on top of the world to rock bottom, sometimes with no trigger. However, the frequency and length of the different episodes depend on the severity of the disorder.

Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, there are medications and other treatments designed to help control the effects of the disorder.

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  1.  Provide the right amount of space
  • Space plays a very important part while you’re dating, and dating a man with bipolar is no exception. It’s important to atone to his needs as well as yours – if he needs space, ensure that he gets enough.
  • If he is having a depressive episode, it’s important to let him know that you’re there and that you care. Too much space, though, could give the impression that you don’t care – thereby causing problems in the relationship.
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  1.  Don’t judge

Most people fear judgement. It’s important, however, not to judge your bipolar man or his disorder. We all have both good and bad days and times – it’s just that much more magnified in a person with bipolar disorder.

  1.  Embrace spontaneity

Spontaneity happens. Your bipolar man’s spontaneous outbursts may never affect you, but it’s wise to be prepared for the unexpected. If he does come up with a sudden idea that may seem a little outrageous, be patient and give it a few days before discussing it again. It may either have been a fleeting thought that crossed his mind, or a goal that he genuinely wishes to achieve.

  1.  Listen carefully

Don’t forget to listen. This goes for any relationship, but listening is vital when you’re dating a bipolar man.

  1.  Don’t forget yourself

Although the above is all about him, never forget yourself. He may have bipolar disorder but that doesn’t mean that your needs get neglected. You’re just as important as he is, and if your relationship is going to thrive, you both have to work on it.

You have the right to space when you need it too. You also have the right to propose outrageous ideas, or have a bad day/week. Relationships are all about equality, and neither should be more important than the other. You deserve respect and support just as much as he does.

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