Dating during your twenties is an experience in itself, but when you live with a severely stigmatized condition like bipolar disorder, dating can really be a challenge. As a year-old mental health advocate who is publicly open about her life with bipolar II disorder, I have often experienced stigma in my dating life. Bipolar disorder is a part of me, and I am not ashamed of my condition, in fact, it is the opposite, I embrace it. Should you even tell them at all? Will they think of you differently once they know?
Signs the Man You’re Dating Has Bipolar Disorder
7 Signs You're Dating Someone With Bipolar
On one level, society increasingly accepts the illness, formerly known as manic depression, and seems to understand it is a condition that requires treatment in order for the person struggling with it to live a normal life. But in my work treating men in an urban setting, the stigma still appears to exist for men. How can this be? In patriarchal societies such as the US, masculinity remains very much defined by self-control and emotional regulation.
7 Signs You’re Dating Someone With Bipolar
Last Updated: January 15, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Catherine Boswell, Ph. With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Boswell specializes in treating individuals, groups, couples, and families struggling with trauma, relationships, grief, and chronic pain.
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