Dating a person with bipolar disorder

26 Mar

Once I got over needing to have a cartoon as my life partner, I found the love of my life in a package much different than the Disney caricature.

Believe it or not, I actually met my husband at an AA meeting.

(If you are unfamiliar with the halo effect, it simply means that a person with one good quality is seen to have many good qualities.)Few, if any women will ever achieve this perfect vision in their real lives.

I have yet to meet the perfect woman on this earth, so we can assume that there is no such thing as a perfect man.

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One of the realities for the loved ones is they begin to understand that they cannot expect the person to always be consistent; they know the mood and behavior can significantly change.

I asked around to see if his behavior changed just to get me on a date.

Everyone said that this was his true personality, so I ended up asking him out.

When Jim Mc Nulty, 58, of Burrillville, Rhode Island, got married in the 1970s, everything seemed fine at first.

"It was an absolutely normal courtship," he recalls. During his "up" or hypomanic states, he would spend huge sums of money he didn't have.