“You’re like, bipolar,” my ex-boyfriend once told me. My moods were extreme, and at the good old age of 20, he wasn’t much help in the situation due to his lack of understanding.I would tell him to shut up and say he was rude for saying that. And although a lot of things began to make sense, it killed a part of my self-esteem. In the grand scheme of things, my ex and I both took part in the failure of our relationship.The trademark of Bipolar Disorder is a major mood imbalance.The person may go from depressed to a manic state, or may experience other shifts in mood that affect the person's ability to function.
"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.
We’ll shower you with gifts, love letters and all of your favorite things.
We’ll stay up all night kissing and loving you because you are our ultimate high. You are what we dreamed of when we were 18 and breaking down on the bathroom floor because another boy just stole another part of us.
How do these symptoms affect the loved ones of these people? Parents, siblings, friends, and co-workers see these individuals pass between depression and mania, and they see what a toll it takes on them.
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.