At eighteen, she enrolled in the Ivy League university she'd dreamt of attending since childhood, and within a semester, was incapacitated by depression; she dropped out and returned to L. Sidelined for years, she was finally looking forward again: doing PR for a record label and working part-time toward her bachelor's degree. When I looked at Sara, I felt inspiration, not pity.
And even though I'm not the type to plunge quickly into relationships, I was convinced I was in love. Aside from a quick trip to clean out her studio apartment a few weeks later, she never went home."Of the two of us," I told her as we lay happily in bed, "I must be the crazier one."Nine months later I stood over her pale, unconscious body, frantically dialing 911 for the first time in my life.
“Oftentimes people will only ‘understand’ when you’re doing well, but once symptoms appear that they don’t necessarily like, they suddenly stop ‘understanding,’ ” she says.
In Jamison’s practice, the question of when to let a potential partner know about your diagnosis definitely comes up.
And they’re gonna have a very difficult life if that's the case.”So how people with bipolar find success in dating?
As with any relationship, empathy and understanding in a partner plays a major role.
You could compile an entire book of quotes comparing love to madness.
You’re going crazy.’ I started to doubt myself, like am I going insane?At the end of my first date with Sara, she moved in with me. Until that night, we'd only spoken on the phone a few times. By the time the ice in my soda had melted, I'd fallen in love. We'd gone to a Hollywood hamburger stand and gabbed about bands and writers for four hours.From a distance, I'd seen how much energy it took Nyla to keep her episodes under control: weekly doctor's visits, blood tests, complicated regimens of medications.And yet for all their problems, my bipolar buddies had always kept things interesting.