Dating bipolar people
Before L had found an effective combination of meds, she drove halfway across the country in a mixed state, buying expensive clothes and jewelry for herself, with the goal of committing suicide when she reached California.Fortunately, her mania dissipated before she made it there. All relationships suffer from irrationality, which is why they can be particularly susceptible to the ups and downs of bipolar."An illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure," writes Dr.Kay Jamison in one of the most famous memoirs of bipolar illness, An Unquiet Mind. The popular caricature of the disease -- people swinging rapidly between happiness and sadness -- isn't the whole story.Take my friend Jerome, hired one summer to drive a van full of rich and annoying European teenagers across the country. I didn't hear Sara's story until later, but it didn't have many funny parts.
With both Nyla and Sara, I never knew what sort of response my advances would receive.
This probably isn't how most people picture bipolar disorder.
Yet despite this, more people than ever think they know what bipolar is -- a mixed blessing for those who suffer from it.
I, who have never liked TV, started watching hours of it with her every night.
Infatuated with cleaning products, Sara taught me the joys of repetitive household maintenance.