More than 80% of people who seek treatment get relief from symptoms, according to Mental Health America.
You need to take good care of yourself before you can take care of someone else in a relationship.
“Even though the roller coaster left me confused and less trusting of myself, I use it as a reminder to slow down and better vet the object of my feelings, along with my feelings themselves,” she says.
And if you are on medication, take it religiously; be consistent with therapy; surround yourself with a support system of friends and family; and be around upbeat, positive people.“Don’t push yourself to date if the timing doesn’t feel right,” she says. You might need to lick your own wounds first.”You don’t owe it to the person to discuss your depression on a first date, Friedman says.
Though that might have been an issue, the melanoma diagnosis I had several years earlier was more weighty; his wife had died of cancer just over a year before.
As soon as you suspect something more [serious], truth is best. D., I usually explain about my bipolar, my support system, and my medication on the first date and let him ask questions.
Unfortunately, I would run into difficulty explaining some situation and have to tell the man I was bipolar sooner or make up a lie. My fiancé tells me he doesn’t care that I have bipolar because I’m worth it.
—J., via I always tell the people that I begin dating about my bipolar.