It seems like the meds (as adjusted) are beginning to work and to date she claims that there has not been a second affair (which I doubt but is here nor there). Now there are two young children in the mix. She also goes to her regular psychiatric visits and she takes her medication on the regular but there are times when she just goes off for no reason. that i can find about bi-polar and still have a question that I haven’t found the answer to. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Because I know it will not end well. Expressed Emotion (EE) is an important term often used in therapy with couples and families. It isn’t worth the stress. He takes his medicine, sees a therapist and has started exercising 5 days a week to try to manage his moods. What if the non bipolar spouse is the trigger for the outbursts. I posted earlier with my emotional reaction. He drinks to excess and does nothing to help me at home. I would also advise making sure all your legal ducks are in a row in case it turns into a court battle. I’m so sorry you have to go through this and face this decision. The verbal abuse is worse than ever! Your partner may legitimately be giving you issues, but a lot of people with bipolar are just hurt people and a lot of us are quite different from each other. Sign up below for regular emails filled with information, advice and support for you or your loved ones. About to go see a new therapist. Bipolar 2. Laura, our stories are eerily similar. We moved on and now, five years later, she has been rapid-cycling for several months now. After that incident blew over, we never talked about it again. My boyfriend is bipolar. Always drama about somebody or making me believe that there was something wrong with me and every thing was my fault. On the one hand we see the risk of divorce being greater due to the stressor of coping with mental health issues and on the other we have research demonstrating that marriage to someone with Bipolar Disorder is pretty typical of marriage in general. At this point, I am insecure feeling and don’t know what I am supposed to do. I promised myself I would never go through that hell again. They may repeat the pattern and end up with another spouse who has a mood disorder or other mental health problem. He is amazing and promises me that here is in it for the long haul but I can’t help but feel so awful to have tone put him through this. The man who promised to spend the rest of his life with me wanted to get rid of me. I myself was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 about 6 years ago. I will not drive alone, in the car, w/my husband when he is high. It’s a cycle that never ends in my opinion. He really seems to be going to extremes to avoid appropriate treatment and I can understand you would be very annoyed. The last year has been all the hell I was afraid it would be and more. This breaks my heart as he has his own issues that he won’t deal with. When i try to understand his feelings he screams yells becomes violent and tells me to go away that me trying to understand is the problem and says a divorce will fix everything in his life and that he doesnt want to give me the opportunity to cheat on him ( which i never have, nor plan to), but he has cheated in the past and we separated for 3 months. You may also be subject to financial abuse due to manic spending sprees that cause debt. Now, at least, I am at peace with myself even though my heart aches. It wasn’t until he wasn’t manic that he finally understood how much he hurt me. Each is solely responsible for their own well-being. A huge proportion of the emails and messages I receive are from people who need information and support for relationship issues that arise out of one (or both) partner’s Bipolar Disorder. You know the trope: One minute characters are catatonically depressed, and the next they're so manic they think they can fly off a building. I am always confused when he tells me bad things, I wonder if it is his illness talking or that's what he really feels?I don't know what to do now,I love my husband but I am tired,there is only so much I can take. My spouse was just diagnosed BP, but i have know for years, She has been going through a very serious Manic phase that has threatened our marriage. Things that come out of his mouth and how he talks to me are so hurtful-yet it’s usually my fault. The spouse feels like all he/she ever does is put up and put out and that they never get anything back in return. Stop Being Blamed for Everything by Your Spouse - Jack Ito PhD Caring for someone with bipolar disorder can be very hard, whether you’re a partner, parent, child, or friend of someone who has this condition. And you might also benefit from some form of therapy in terms of your assertiveness, boundary setting, self-confidence, or anything else. I don’t know what to do. What I got from these comments is that basically all my future partners will hate me and want to leave me? His last two hospitalizations were from extreme stress at work. Visit the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service, Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition (carers), Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex (LGBTI) people, Supporting someone with depression or anxiety. I don’t know what to tell you except for in my own experience I feel I would have been much happier & healthier had I just kept on going in 2010 and if I were you I would seriously consider running for the hills! I also have to accept that my wife, though we love each deeply, is allowed to decide what is best for her well-being. Thank you for writing this! In my life right now he is the only one I have any kind of extreme conflict with. He’s struggled with substance abuse for months now (mostly cocaine) and he’ll disappear for days at a time with no phone or medicine (he’s also diabetic). For the Bipolar spouse, the divorce may lead to a number of difficulties that compound their mental, emotional, physical, and financial difficulties. Because Lord knows I love this man. She never tried to understand why I did it, why I resorted to that, how it made me feel, what I thought was happening, nothing. Julie A. But I didn’t listen and I stayed with him. He probably has had it most his life. We/website/any experts on this website do not offer specific medical advice for you. Your husband could be doing wrong by you, i dont know he’s not. Do people with Bipolar Disorder struggle with maintaining healthy and satisfying relationships simply because they have the disorder or does stress that’s typical of any relationship take a heavier toll on a person with the disorder? High EE causes greater stress in the relationship and can significantly influence the course of and recovery from Bipolar Disorder. 2 and 6. LOL But now thinking back, I see very clearly the reason why he was paranoid at certain times over something that I wouldn’t have given a second thought. I’ve been married for 15 years and my husband has been pretty understanding and strong. My dr is concerned bc it doesn’t seem I have had manic episodes that she is concerned I don’t have it possibly. But he doesn’t want to take his Meds. Two of the meds that I know made him easily angered were seriquil and remeron. Staying up late, being undependable in their job, around the house, in their co-parenting and so on, all of which are far more destructive and disruptive than they may realize. They may regret the break-up of the marriage and wish they had sought counseling and other solutions. In this section we will discuss infidelity causes, solutions, and some unfortunate statistics. Click here to read our full disclaimer. In other words, marriage to a person with Bipolar Disorder who is in treatment and not experiencing any episodes is pretty much the same as being married to a “well” person. Now 2 yrs later, he is in a mental hospital. He took meds for 6 months and stopped taking it, saying he felt fine and he didn’t need it. A 2001 study by Dore and Romans found significant others reported serious difficulties in their relationships with the Bipolar partner when s/he was unwell, with considerable impact on their own employment, finances, legal matters, co-parenting, and other social relationships. We all have burdens inherited or shared voluntarily. Married to person For 25 plus years.. Having bipolar disorder can be disorienting and confusing, but speaking to others with the same condition can help you deal with your issues. He will want to be better! I doubt it but I have two beautiful children and I miss my wife as she’s with this new man and I’m trying to look after our children and get my job back flying which was my second love. If you’re not patient or understanding enough of a person, being in a relationship with a bipolar person is not for you, and that shouldn’t be a reflection of them. These are the thoughts I battle with constantly and the stress it has on me is unreal. Welcome to the Beyond Blue forums. Find a good therapist or support group that will take care of your needs. My husband and I were signed up to be divorced immediately. I have regular therapy for my own mental health issues and I don’t doubt that it helps when we’re going through a funny patch. This is really just sad for anyone involved. I know I am trying to assign logic to a mental state that doesn’t necessarily operate on logic, but I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or had ever been given an explanation. Her ability to forgive you depends on her perception of your intentions when you did the thing she is mad about, and if she feel like you understand the pain you caused her. U may not be able to fix us but you can love us! That way you have more time to think about what you want to say instead of being overcome by your emotions. that she treats like royalty. Maybe “normal” is what needs to me treated! . Then other “symptoms” were officially diagnosed here and there till finally I had a multitude of medications. I realized I didn’t answer your question. They were about three years apart. They send police to come and take him to the hospital. Like all married couples, we promised to take care of each other and promised 'til death fo us part. I’m not sure that would be possible if I wasn’t willing to fail everyday while dating greatly. My drinking is really bothering me and I want help but feel quite trapped and isolated all day while my husband is at work. It really saddens me to see all of these negative comments, especially because I feel like I’m having to relive the reasons why my mom left my dad. They will learn that this is a normal relationship. Best of luck. She doesn’t listen to anyone who tries to help and when other family members have tried to step in she simply cuts them out. Blaming my upbringing doesn’t help with those either. Couples need to have a way of processing these incidents to avoid building up resentments. Bipolar at some point or another behave horribly and say and DO things that are vindictive and cruel. He recieved the diagnosis and is starting treatment. We reviewed the best online bipolar disorder support groups so you can find one that meets your needs. She was unfaithful a few years back and I caught her but I decided to stay. This must be so frustrating for you and I am sorry to hear you are going through this. It has only just come to light that he is a least suffering from Bipolar depression/mania. “He recognized that his family had a history of alcohol abuse. I was filled with rage when I found out and still did not realize why she was doing it. He constantly misses her therapy session and he doe want to his psychiatrist anymore. When Someone You Love Is Bipolar, by Cynthia Last. Is there any advice you can give me or insight into how to get him to truely seek help for not just me but for himself. Something my sister and I, have affecting us until this day. I couldn’t take anymore being dragged through Police stations accused of assault, abuse, narssisict personality, gaslighting, controlling and all I had done was try to be a supporting partner. My children adore him. At this point we only talk about our dogs or things he can do to help me prepare for the baby. I just keep waiting. His rage comes from nowhere In particular, and goes on for days. But I can’t take the kids having to witness this and believing that it’s ok to treat anyone that way. After years of affection and intimacy, how can they suddenly declare that they don’t feel love, even worse, that they have never loved their partners at all? Marriage is a lot of work. His mood swings improved after a few weeks of being on a higher dosage. Many weeks I don’t cook, clean, bathe. Last year he had a big down fall and began to use Meth. My Momma Bear is in full swing and I’m so scared it would be worse if I left him. We had no children as I didn’t want kids to have to grow up with all the craziness in the house. I wonder if you feel as isolated as I do. Marshall-Watts thinks her 13-year marriage went on without bi-polar symptoms for several years, because her husband had given up drinking before their marriage. In fact, research has shown that there is little to no difference between the state of the marriages where one spouse has Bipolar Disorder, but is in remission, and other married couples in general. I hope you are nurturing the other parts of your self, outside of your marriage. She really keeps me on my toes. I’ve been with my bi-polar hubby for 5 years and we have a happy marriage, although times do get a little tough when he’s suffering with an episode. I’m 29 years old, have bipolar type 2 and look for a relationship. This is my second relationship having two kids with my ex, and one with my current partner (who was diagnosed with bipolar split personality disorder a year ago). I blame bipolar disorder. It really feels toxic. Reading these makes me want to ask my husband how my bipolar has and is affecting him/us. She is acting in a similar fashion and has asked me for space while she tries to calm down. Any advice would be great. Its more important for him to be heard than to save me from an extreme emotion. Took meds and the same thing. Time went by, feelings between us developed and we became a couple. When we can’t understand something we label it and cal it broken… we as a society create the “norm” so expand your Normal to include people who aren’t like u or who aren’t easily understood. We haven’t been able to have a real conversation about our future. He hasn’t touched meth since he got help. I worry it will be worse for my children if we split up. I think we might be a record, married 40 years. Tears flowing down my face. Reportedly, 90 percent of all marriages in which one spouse is bipolar fail. Bipolar people may verbally abuse you by blaming you for things. It’s a good idea to use all the resources you can to find out about bi-polar – it sounds as though your boyfriend’s bipolar is very unstable – and he is taking risks and dangerous behaviour. When the reality of life, kids, bills, etc hit, the non-bipolar becames the nagging, criticizing, bit** that is ruining the bipolar life. Now, though, I’m not angry at my wife who has bipolar disorder. When he is depressed i just want to do everything in my power to help him. Believing him when he would say that he would never let anything happen to my credit , that he would always make sure to make payments. When a person and/or a family is coping with a loved one who is struggling with a chronic illness, there is that added stressor to the relationship. I think I almost had a mental breakdown from stress and lack of sleep. Now he wants to reconcile the relationship. Your spouse might feel more able to explore their tendency to blame others (i.e. Gather evidence now and hope you don’t have to use it. They had to see him scream at me so many times and it took them crying in fear for me to see I needed to pack my bags. The right counselor can do wonders but it takes the cooperation of both partners. Fast is the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get It Done When You’re Depressed, and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder.She is a columnist and blogger for bp Magazine, and she won the Mental Health America journalism award for the best mental health column in the US. I couldn’t understand it. Manic behavior, unlike depressive symptoms, is very “active” in nature, making it difficult for loved ones to understand that the affected person is in an agitated (and far from a happy and ‘energetic’) state. you) with a mental health professional than with you or a couples therapist. I am saddened by the pain and trauma each of you experienced. 2. I can’t give any advice or guidance but if you look back would you have gone through this and made that first date? The herbs obviously change his perception but surely this is not sustainable. What is particularly striking is the difficulty in separating cause and effect. Hes told me that we are going through a seperation, he hasnt asked to see the kids, we have tried multiple times to getting our belongings back, and everytime we get to the house we argue and fight. This diagnosis saved my marriage because I was trying before it. In 2010, when our oldest child was 1, he had an affair and I promptly left him. That is why you HAVE to treat it. But we made a plan, two things: NO drugs (Cannabis) and first sign of mania or depression he exhibits, I will call his doctor. I picture my children caught in the middle of an ugly battle. My bipolar 1 could be the same, but there wouldn’t be any reason to have PTSD, anxiety, and dissociative disorders comorbid with it. I still don’t know what the future holds. Very up lifting. I’ve been debating on leaving my boyfriend because I know how hard it is to deal with someone with bipolar that isn’t stable. He is seeing a psychologist but is unmedicated. I’ll never know know of you, but I want you to know that I am a faceless stranger whom you saved. The non-Bipolar partner, and the marriage itself, takes on a “Bipolar life of its own” as the non-Bipolar spouse see-saws between solicitous and extreme care-giving during their Bipolar husband’s or wife’s depressive episodes, and feelings of blame, resentment, anger, and betrayal when their spouse is in the manic phase of the disorder. The first two times where only a few weeks apart so he should have just stayed in but our daughter was born while he was there and he was discharged for the birth and about for the week after. My wife of 18yrs is Bipolar and we have known for 4yrs. It is really good to know that someone is out there who understands. I can tell you that I have, for the most part, learned what to do/say and what not to do/say to trigger his outbursts but it is SO incredibly unpredictable that what worked last time may very well be what will set him off this time. I dare not to leave her right now, for I fear that the departure will sentence death to her given her unstable mood at the present. We have been married for 19 years and he has been hospitalized four times. I am not sure I can stay with my bi-polar husband. Authors Oscar Tranvåg 1 , Kjell Kristoffersen. The difference between the bipolar and healthy individual is their approach to handling the trigger. When you add to any relationship a significant stressor, such as one or both partners having a health issue, the risk for divorce becomes higher. For me, as a person with Bipolar Disorder, maintaining a healthy and happy relationship involves committing to a Treatment Contract with my spouse, and sharing a lot of information such as my mood charts, having a transparent medication regime, visiting my psychiatrist together, and so forth2 . Treatment is a life long process. And does anyone else have a spouse/ partner who does not accept that their behaviour can trigger you? This leads to conflict with their partner, whose negative responses to this “Bipolar behavior” makes the Bipolar spouse more stressed and insecure, which in turn, triggers even more episodes of mania and/or depression. It’s baffling and shocking to see them turn into cold and blaming strangers. I can only imagine the drama, fighting, and awful things he would say to our innocent children if I left him. He was diagnosed with Bipolar 3 years ago.Our main problem is that he is still in denial of his illness therefor he refuses treatment. Now that we have left i feel he wants to take the children off me, many threats have occured our kids already fear him and i dont feel comfortable them seeing him in this state alone, and i rather be with my babies whenever they see him, has any one got advice?? I have 3 children under 6 and my heart breaks when they witness his temper. Nearly every day I wish I hadn’t let him say the things he knew I wanted to hear back in 2010. 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