Dating a girl with bipolar disorder
I would think there would be a HUGE difference between someone getting the right medication/treatment for Bipolar, or those who have learned good coping skills, and those who are untreated or undiagnosed.
I have OCD (fairly severe, when unmedicated), but thanks to therapy (years and years ago) and Prozac I can live completely normally.
All of these can be worked through and all of them occur in everyone's lives but much more frequently with a partner with mental illness.
You definitely need to have a flexible view of gender roles to make it work successfully. She was a really sweet girl, very loving and affectionate at first.
Sometimes she sees me getting abnormally paniced or despondent, but I bring myself down and balance myself out.
If given the chance to do it again, I probably would, but I'd want to take with me the knowledge I've gained from it.
I wouldn't want to go through it like I did the first time. To answer that last one, yeah she definitely pushed me away multiple times, that's where a lot of the pain came from.
For perspective, my GF happened to date someone with undiagnosed BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder - more difficult to deal with, and compared to him, my issues are hardly significant at all.
None of this prevents me from being a loving, caring, and attentive boyfriend.I have bipolar 2 and I think I'm generally pretty easy to date despite it.