I'm reaching out to anyone who can help. I'm in a very serious relationship with a man who was diagnosed with BP 14 yrs. ago. We are in our 40's and have been together 4 mos. I want to better understand BP and how it effects relationships. It seems what I would consider the smallest thing turns into something big. Then when all is said and done, he can become very angry and hurtful. He never sees anything as being caused by him, so to smooth things over I always apologize. If I keep smiling and I don't discuss what's bothering me, he's fine, but if I need to talk about what bother's me it can be a problem. So I'd like to know from anyone who may be living with BP if it's common to find relationships difficult. I'm his first serious relationship since his diagnosis and I want to know what I can do to help him. He was married when he was diagnossed but left his wife soon after, that was 14 yrs. ago. Also, anyone who is in a relationship with someone who lives with BP how do you handle the roller coaster? He's doesn't really have what's considered manic episodes. He's either very happy and loving, very depressed or very hurtful and angry. He doesn't display the "typical" manic episodes. When he's "up" I see it as, and I hate the term, but "normal", or as I said he's very sad or angry. I really could use any advice anyone has. I do love him very much and want to know how to approach this. Thank you.
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