Hi, my boyfriend has been diagnosed bipolar. The last week has just been unbelievable. he's been spending, drinking, smoking and cheating on me - whereas we've never even had an argument before. So I know he's ill, I can explain it in terms of that, which is why I cannot just walk away from him. However, he is saying that at the moment, he doesn't feel anything towards me and so we've started proceedings to move out of our house. He says he doesn't feel any remorse for what he's done either. Well, there are two (probably impossible) questions I would like to shed some light on. Firstly, is this the way with this illness? He's only on Prozac at the moment, if he gets his meds right, will he start caring for things and people again? Secondly, seeing as I don't know that much about bipolar, I know the link between some people hurting themselves when they have it - my boyf hasn't shown any signs of that thankfully. Can people also get violent towards others, or is this only if it is in their nature anyway? My boyfriend has always been the most kind, respectful, loving person... I just want him back! I think I would like to try to deal with these new sides of him, if he'll let me... if a) I know these phases are just that - phases, and b) I don't get totally destroyed by it myself by proxy. I'm a pretty understanding and forgiving person. I'd like to think I could be there for him.
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