Marriage and Bipolar
2013 Bipolar Update
Discussing Marriage and Bipolar
The concepts of marriage and bipolar syndrome might sound like two incompatible ideas, and indeed statistics seem to back the impression that they are, but this does not mean that it cannot work. True, the number of divorces involving bipolar patients is high but the number of relationships that work still support the fact that marriage and bipolar disorder can work.
Referring to the same statistics, up to 90% of all marriages are dissolved via divorce when one or both parties have bipolar disorder. This is understandable given that marriage demands a lot of attributes that might be hard for a bipolar person to deliver. Still, the 10% of marriages involving bipolar people that work is a testament to the viability of this idea. The message, therefore, is to not give up and not give it a try.
Here are a few tips that can be applied to help make marriage and bipolar individuals click. While these may not work all the time, it will provide enough reason to try to make the marriage work until such time when it becomes apparent that divorce is the only workable solution.
1. Start by being open about the condition. If you plan to spend the rest of your life with somebody, there is no use not being open about bipolar disorder. In fact, by telling your partner about it, you can expect to get moral support in turn. Likewise, if they decide to walk away, then they were never good for you in the first place.
2. Study the disorder together. Marriage is founded on complementing, supporting each other, and doing things together. You can start applying this with the journey to understand what is bipolar disorder and how best to deal with it in the context of marriage.
3. There are many marriage and bipolar disorder therapists who can help you with your goal to understand how to make your relationship work. Always strive to go to these sessions together. These therapies and consulting sessions are vital towards establishing a strong foundation for the relationship.
4. Make sure to pay close attention to the medication schedule for the spouse with bipolar disorder. The medication is an integral part towards controlling the cycles and severity of mood problems. It is the duty of the spouse with no bipolar disorder to make sure that medications are regularly taken as prescribed and in the right dosage. This will not only serve as a form of moral support but also an avenue for spouses to understand each other deeper as they both exert efforts to deal with the challenge of marriage and bipolar disorder.
There is no magic pill that can resolve all issues with marriage and bipolar disorder. However, a relationship founded on genuine love, concern and support will go a long way towards making sure that both parties are adequately supported, nurtured, cared for and understood even within a marriage with a bipolar person. And if the bipolar individual in the marriage does exceedingly well, then you will both know that your relationship is strong enough to withstand any challenge that comes along.
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