Type 1 bipolar disorder means you have more extreme mood swings with longer periods of mania. Of course, neither type is necessarily ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than another and everyone with the disorder will have experience what they deem to be the ‘worst part’ of the disorder at some point or another.However, while everyone with the disorder knows what to expect, those close to them may not be as familiar with how they might act during a time of mania or depression.While some people may sigh at the idea of medication and feel as though it adds to the notion that they are ‘crazy’, medication is an absolute godsend.The lows that bipolar offers are not simply a day of not wanting to get out of bed.
Mania doesn’t mean we’re going crazy, that we’re going to do something absolutely absurd or that we’re going to get violent or be incredibly nasty to you.
Mania often means we’re thinking about things at a fast pace, having ‘great ideas’ every other second and thinking we can rule the world. For example, doing things like getting tattoos or piercings that we may not have thought about beforehand or spending a lot of money.
Again, we’re not constantly at one of two extremes – there are also periods of feeling ‘normal’, which allow us to process things more sensibly, and think clearly.
The word ‘manic’ is incredibly daunting, and possibly not the best word to describe the actual symptoms.
So, here are a few things you should know before dating someone with bipolar disorder.Periods of mania and depression can stay for months at a time – meaning we don’t wake up feeling as though we have the world at our feet in the morning, for it to feel as though it’s closing in on us by that evening.