I have a question. My fiance is very mild bi polar. I think that he has been diagnosed but will not admit it to me. I do have a enough knowledge of psycology to fairly assume that I am correct in my observation of his "cycles". I love this man very much and am willing to work with him in this matter but I have a few concerns and hope that advice from a few of you out there will help. I would appreciate any input that you can give. I have been with Eric for two years and six months now. We live togeather with my 11 year old son from another marriage. Over the course of our relationship I have watched Eric go from loving to distant and quick to anger about once a month on average. The episodes last about two weeks and insomnia usually accompanies his "crankey cycle". He will return back to normal but I am left feeling wounded and confused at times as to what really happened. It seems that while in his mood his tolerance level is very low. He agrees that this behavior is unacceptable but will not admit that he might have a chemical imbalance and has told me that medication is terrible and will not ever take it. Honestly he may be able to avoid taking it. His episodes are very short and with better skills on bolth of our parts I think we can work around it. He is very mild. My question is.. Does anyone out there with bi polar disorder think that with anger management trainning think that they might be better able to control their manic aggitation? Eric did self enroll in a class and is going every monday. He has also totally eliminated alcohol and is doing better. I just hope that he will be better able to control his verbal lashing out with this class. Otherwise I have to start rethinking the relationship. I do not know what it feels like to go thru an episode. Do you think that with trainning you would be better able to manage your anger? I know to give him space but I can't guess his mood at times and can't avoid a land mine without warning! I am willing to give him all of the loving support and sympathise with what he goes thru- just not get verbally pulverized in the process or have my son witness that kind of abuse. Any advice??? Thanks!
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