I had thought I had it all together since people typically came to me for advice. Professionally, I was on top of the world, and then I had the rug ripped out from under me.
If I had been seeing a psychiatrist or a therapist before the breakdown, maybe somebody would have been able to detect that I was off balance. During my stay in the hospital, I was given medicine to stabilize my moods, and I spoke with a therapist.
I ended up being hospitalized for a few weeks, and a psychiatrist gave a diagnosis: bipolar disorder. I didn’t want to believe I had any mental health issues and went into denial. I’m animated and exuberant, and this made it difficult to determine what was my normal and what was actually odd behavior.
Reality Checkout After the incident at the hotel, I was in utter shock.
I wondered, feared, if this is how people felt about me. She had an opinion, or at least a feeling, about everything. When bipolar people meet, we find an immigrant intimacy, a solidarity. I don’t think this is just because of mood swings, but because manic types often wreck their lives.
Some of Ella's opinions seemed hyperbolic, her actions extreme, like dancing naked on the college green or flicking off cop cars. If you treat people badly, they won't want to be near you.
Stephen says – I’ve been married for 19 years to a woman who was diagnosed as BP 8 years ago.
There are times when people with BP simply cannot exercise good judgment. People with BP WILL do things that affect their families. Although its really impossible to separate the illness driven behaviors from their personality, spouses and other family members need to understand that BPD changes the way people, think, feel and act. Not to do so is unfair because it holds people to unrealistic standards and disappointment becomes the inevitable outcome.Bipolar infidelity is a common – and tragic – consequence of mania and hypersexuality.NOW is the time to discover the facts and avoid the pitfalls.This is a page I have wanted to write for a long time because it is SUCH an important topic, and because it is the issue I get the most questions and requests about.However, it is a difficult subject for me personally because this was the main way my bipolar symptoms became obvious, and my most serious manic episode manifested.Sadly, too few people yet realize bipolar cheating is one of the most typical bipolar symptoms of all.