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What do I need to know going into a relationship with someone who's bipolar?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Bipolar is a
difficult disorder 2 treat.
It requires a lifelong commitment 2 medication and psychotherapy. Many people w' bipolar do not comply, discontinuing medication when they feel "better" or stopping bcause they don't like the way they feel on meds. Living w' someone w' bipolar is there4, not easy. If U R involved with someone w' bipolar, encourage them 2 stay in treatment. Family therapy can help 2

In brief: Bipolar is a
difficult disorder 2 treat.
It requires a lifelong commitment 2 medication and psychotherapy. Many people w' bipolar do not comply, discontinuing medication when they feel "better" or stopping bcause they don't like the way they feel on meds. Living w' someone w' bipolar is there4, not easy. If U R involved with someone w' bipolar, encourage them 2 stay in treatment. Family therapy can help 2
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Shawn Cassady
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Taking care
Bipolar illness is more commonly recognized and treated than in the past.
Depression is the most common symptom in all forms of bipolar d/o. I have seen couples do well when patient stays in treatment and get abusive without treatment. Is that someone consistent in taking care of their illness?Are they making sure past problems don't recur? Are they serious about improving health and well-being?

In brief: Taking care
Bipolar illness is more commonly recognized and treated than in the past.
Depression is the most common symptom in all forms of bipolar d/o. I have seen couples do well when patient stays in treatment and get abusive without treatment. Is that someone consistent in taking care of their illness?Are they making sure past problems don't recur? Are they serious about improving health and well-being?
Dr. Shawn Cassady
Dr. Shawn Cassady
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Stay on meds
It is very tempting for bipolars to stop their medicines when they are between episodes and feeling good.
Many bipolars do well as long as they stay on their medicines.

In brief: Stay on meds
It is very tempting for bipolars to stop their medicines when they are between episodes and feeling good.
Many bipolars do well as long as they stay on their medicines.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder can be managed very well with medication, therapy as needed and especially with a good social support network.
If you can go to some of their appointments with Psychiatry it would be ideal. Sometimes people really miss mania and will stop meds because it brings their mood back in the normal range. Read up on the disorder and establish open honest communications, healthy boundarie

In brief: Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder can be managed very well with medication, therapy as needed and especially with a good social support network.
If you can go to some of their appointments with Psychiatry it would be ideal. Sometimes people really miss mania and will stop meds because it brings their mood back in the normal range. Read up on the disorder and establish open honest communications, healthy boundarie
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Dr. Beverly Dexter
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