I am in a serious relationship with someone who was diagnosed with BP 14 yrs ago. We have been together 4 mos. and I'm working so hard at this. I love him dearly and when he's depressed I can actually handle it. He can however be hurtful and I don't know what to do. He is able to help others with their problems but with me he has a hard time. I don't want to make excuses, but I believe it could be because we're so close and he can't handle it if I'm upset. It's difficult for me to hide my feelings, and I'd like to know how others work through this. I am feeling torn apart right now. If something happens, a disagreement or something, which I don't think should turn into something big, it usually does. Then I feel "punished". He may not call for a while and I bend over backwards to try to smooth things over even if I'm the one who gets hurt. Any suggestions from those of you who have been dealing with this longer than I have would be greatly appreciated. I'm racking my brain, trying to find ways to understand and try not to do the wrong things. He is on meds. and does see a psychiatrist monthly.
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