Can it be so very hard to date when one has bipolar disorder? If the disease is untreated, then daily life is hard and not just relationships.
Is it so very hard to date a person with bipolar disorder? Again, if untreated, then everything is going to be a struggle.
Relationships are difficult for all of us regardless whether one has a mental illness or not. Conversing, listening, deciphering body language, and understanding are not easy with a veil of worry cast over one’s eyes. “Is she listening?” “Does he care about this topic?” Our internal dialogue bounces with questions and conceptions.
Add bipolar disorder to the mixture, and a cauldron seethes boiling and popping. Let me speak from experience.
I once saw a drama depicting a man meditating. Actors moved slowly behind him reciting lines of his wandering thoughts, distracting him. It raced to the forefront of my mind that I thought in an entirely different way. My thoughts never wandered in and out. They charged. They bombarded me. I could simultaneously hold a thought and understand I was conscious of the thinking, and I knew on five different levels my brain was electrified with inspiration, thinking about thinking about thinking about…sigh. It tires me now to remember.
Yet, I’m very lucky. With my prescribing nurse practitioner, we’ve found a regimen that works. With the job training and WRAP, I’ve found a written system I use to calm my racing thoughts. I found help, and I believe it’s out there for all of us.
Getting help was the first step for me. I’m stable, and with that knowledge, I can reach out to friends and associates, searching for a mate. That search is exciting. The Internet is open with a plethora of sites waiting for us. Some cost. Some are free. Our local areas have many places we can volunteer our time, opening the door to meeting many new people.
What to do then becomes the question. How do we spend time getting to know someone? How much of ourselves do we reveal and when? Those questions plague people with bipolar disorder. I started slowly with my current beau. So far so good, but so far is so far.
We’ve met for coffee. We’ve lunched together. We’ve sat by the water and strolled through the park. We haven’t seen a movie together. We haven’t done many things together. He’s busy and far away. I’ve been busy with job training. Life happens. We’ll see where things go.
I enjoy imagining free or low-cost things for us.
- Walks along the seashore.
- Casual days in the park.
- Driving on country roads.
- Taking in scenic spots.
- Visiting free museums.
- Meeting at the coffee shop.
- Sightseeing like tourists.
- Roaming a bookstore.
- Leisurely meandering through the local library.
- Reading aloud together.
- Sitting in the sun.
Really, the list is endless. There are so many joys of life to be gained by exploring the ordinary world around each of us. The artist Andy Warhol once said, “Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign the same way again.” Finding beauty in the ordinary is what I strive for. Making a date of the usual turns any day into magic.
Looking for magic in a relationship turns any couple into a happy one.
Let’s make magic happen. Let’s be open to the warm touch of another. Let’s recover. Let’s do it together.