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Saturday, July 05, 2008 Little Miss, Community Member, asks

Q: dating someone with bipolar

I have been dating a man that is Bipolar for a couple of months. We are in our late 40's and early 50's. He was

married for 25 yrs and has been divorced for a year and apart for a year before that. We both have given our hearts to each other and he has told me that he loves me. I have been reading on the bipolar situation and he has bipolar 2 and is on medication and is doing pretty good.

 

Yesterday on July 4th he came over to have a cook out. and he seem to be slipping down wards, i can usually tell and he starts being wishy washy and what i mean by that is he starts to talk in circles.  How he wants to go forward and starts talking about the future and when he is spiraling down he talks that he has to go slow and take slow steps, and i know he needs some alone time and he has that alot. We do tend to see each other alot because we only live 8 minutes away..

 

But one minute he talks about how we want our living situation to be and to go over finances down the road and the next he tell me he realizes that he has to go slow on all of this.  Am i making any sense of all of this and i beleive its his bipolar....

 

But he know i am patient, loving and understanding and knows he needs some alone time and so i don't call and wait for him to call me and the next time he is back to where he was....Please give me some insight on how to handle a newly relationship with someone with Bipolar.

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TT, Community Member
7/18/08 4:02pm

My soon to be EX husband is bipolar. The biggest lesson I have learnt is -

keep your finances seperate. Have your own bank accounts, cd's, etc.

I suppose it's good advice for anyone, bipolar or not.  My husband's spending

habbits/legal troubles when in mania has cause MANY problems.

 

 

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By Little Miss, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 07/05/08