Dating someone with bipolar disorder
My advice to those who live with bipolar disorder and ready to enter the dating world is to make sure you are confident in yourself.
Do not assume you are the underdog because you live with a mental health condition.
In an attempt to mask my vulnerability, I have found that I can be a bit harsh and overly confident in some situations.
Living with bipolar disorder gives you a very different perspective on the world around you. We behave based on what we feel, not necessarily what we know is right or wrong.
But it was not long before concrete evidence of him cheating on me surfaced.
Know that you are a capable and unique individual who has something special to add to another person’s life.
Dating during your twenties is an experience in itself, but when you live with a severely stigmatized condition like bipolar disorder, dating can really be a challenge.
As a 28-year-old mental health advocate who is publicly open about her life with bipolar II disorder, I have often experienced stigma in my dating life.
Bipolar disorder is a part of me, and I am not ashamed of my condition, in fact, it is the opposite, I embrace it.
However, dating—when you live with a mental health condition—can be complicated: You have self-doubt, you question yourself, and mainly you assume you are the underdog in romantic relationships.