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Bipolar disorder is more than just good and bad moods.When Patty Duke passed away recently, we lost more than a talented actress or a likable personality — we lost an advocate for bipolar disorder awareness.Patty Duke was the first major celebrity to talk openly about her manic depression/bipolar disorder, and how finally getting a diagnosis and treatment for it saved her life.We all are indebted to Patty Duke for her work in making bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses something that not only could be talked about, but be talked about.
It’s important to recognize that your date probably will have concerns—some legitimate, some stigma-induced—about getting involved with someone who has a chronic mental illness.
Listening to her date explain how his wife refused treatment and how the disorder took its toll on her health and their marriage, Hope realized she had to share her diagnosis even though she was terrified he would end their relationship.
“I said, ‘I understand if you want to run out the door and never see me again, but I’d like to continue our date and tell you everything I can about my diagnosis and how I manage my illness,’” Hope recalls. He could not have been more positive and agreed to give our relationship a chance.” Dating is always fraught with expectations, anxiety and disappointment.
Bipolar is essentially a mood disorder which causes an individual to swing between depressed and elevated states.
Some 2.4 million people are thought to be affected in the UK, with most diagnosed with either bipolar 1 -characterised by the most severe ‘up’ states, known as mania (which can also lead to hallucinations), or bipolar 2: the less severe form - defined by hypomania, a milder elevated state.
Being rejected by a potential mate is the major reason I choose not to tell people right away, but rather wait until some level of trust and care has been established. My plan was to date someone for one month and then tell them I have bipolar.