Dating a man with manic depression
“Bipolar relationships” — where at least one of the partners in the relationship has bipolar disorder — can be difficult.In some cases, the person with bipolar disorder is trying to manage relationships with friends and partners who do not have the disorder.In other cases, they are trying to manage relationships with people who also have bipolar disorder.In fact, there is a phenomenon known as “assortative mating” which refers to the pattern of people with bipolar marrying each other to a statistically disproportionate degree.This may involve sharing information such as mood charts, a joint formulation of a treatment regime (including medications and individual and couples therapy) and, in some cases, visiting the care providers together. Manic episodes may lead to destructive and risky behaviors, including alcohol and drug use, gambling, infidelity, extravagant shopping sprees that strain a family’s finances, or other behaviors that have the potential to harm relationships. He maintains a private psychiatry practice in Santa Monica, California. Goldenberg treats include depression, (major depressive disorder, MDD), bipolar disorder (mania and hypomania, aka bipolar depression), anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder and panic attacks; obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD); Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD; insomnia and sleep problems; addiction (alcoholism, drug addiction aka substance abuse and substance dependence); behavioral addictions aka process addiction (food addiction, gambling addiction sex addiction etc). He is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and is an addiction specialist for adults in his private practice in Santa Monica, California. Goldenberg also provides addiction psychiatry consultations to some of the nation’s top residential and outpatient treatment programs in the Los Angeles area and is experienced in the evaluation and treatment of professionals working in safety-sensitive positions. Goldenberg is an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences.
She sank into my beer-stained futon and eyed my belongings. Her ex-boyfriend had been hit by a car on his bike a few days prior and had died on the way to the hospital.Even with treatment, people with bipolar disorder can have trouble with relationships, and I often hear heartbreaking stories of cherished connections that were lost due to some of the most problematic behaviors that stem from their illness.However, with proper education, care and management, healthy relationships are possible, and can be nurturing and rewarding.Whether you are trying to repair a broken relationship or manage an ongoing “bipolar relationship” with a loved one, friend or coworker, here are a few tips to help you navigate this tricky terrain: #1 Get educated about bipolar disorder.My father always said, “It takes two to tango.” In this case, that means that both people in the relationship need to know what to expect in terms of the symptoms of bipolar disorder, behaviors that go along with the condition, and the treatment options available.