Dating and bipolar
Somewhere in the Midwest, without telling the kids or his employer or anyone else where he was going, he simply got out at a gas station and walked away. Her condition was rooted in a childhood depression that began when her father died suddenly of stomach cancer. Then came her diagnosis, and years of experimenting with different psychiatric drugs until her doctors found the magic combination.Bipolar Disorder is one of the most severe mental disorders a person could have.And yet for all their problems, my bipolar buddies had always kept things interesting.Take my friend Jerome, hired one summer to drive a van full of rich and annoying European teenagers across the country. I didn't hear Sara's story until later, but it didn't have many funny parts.Whenever my ex was in a depressive state, I would try to make him happy by offering to watch his favorite movie, go to his favorite restaurant, or give him a back rub.It never worked — all of these things just made him more frustrated than anything else.
Instead, things he usually enjoyed just served as reminders to him of how terrible he felt.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.People who have Bipolar Disorder often have a hard time sleeping.I'd had several close bipolar friends, and had once been in a long-term relationship with a bipolar woman, Nyla, whom I still consider the smartest person I'd ever met.From a distance, I'd seen how much energy it took Nyla to keep her episodes under control: weekly doctor's visits, blood tests, complicated regimens of medications.