I have bipolar 2 which is the less severe type but I find dating really hard bc I go through mood swings where I get irritable, depressed, anxious and happy. But I do go through normal stages too I just started meds and have been in therapy a long time. I just need some extra attention sometimes and I can't seem to find anyone who will deal with it. Im worried I'll never find someone :(
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My wife is Bipolar II and I'm Bipolar I. I certainly empathize with you in just how hard it is to meet people when you tell them about your disorder. My psychiatrist always wondered why I would tell people, but I believe letting people know the truth early on, because if I didn't, and they assumed I would always be the same person they met initially, then they could feel conned.
Being honest certainly chased a lot of women off who were afraid to get close to me, but that was okay. I ended up meeting someone who understood exactly what I was going through, because she had very similar experiences to mine. The important part is we were both going to therapy and also taking our prescribed meds. That doesn't make us perfect, and we still sometimes struggle with mood changes, but at least we can cope with our illness better, and we also understand one another's disease enough where we can support one another.
So, don't worry. Just keep on with your therapy and take the meds you are prescribed. You'll meet someone who is either going through the same thing, or you'll meet someone who understands what bipolar people go through and has the compassion to work through rough patches with you.
You'll be fine; I promise. :-)0