Bipolar dating stories
Once I got over needing to have a cartoon as my life partner, I found the love of my life in a package much different than the Disney caricature.
Believe it or not, I actually met my husband at an AA meeting.
“Decades later I still hear her voice haranguing me, telling me I’m not lovable or smart or pretty.” Finding acceptance for who she is no matter what she expresses in the therapy room proved powerful for Beth. ” Like many people who were emotionally abused by a parent, Beth felt she couldn’t share her experiences because no one else would understand; she believed everyone else was so much better able to cope.
Surviving my childhood was a full-time job.” Bipolar disorder (BD), a mental illness with a spectrum ranging from manic highs to devastating lows affects 5.7 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Talking to me about things she had never even confided to her husband was a good start for Beth.
Joining some online and in person support groups for people who grew up with emotionally volatile and fragile parents proved an eye-opener.
Being able to sit with difficult feelings in session rather than continually run from the dark emotions; asking herself questions she had never thought to pose like “What are my strengths?
” versus always focusing on her perceived faults; learning coping skills; coming to realize that her experiences had taught her many positives such as empathy for others in pain; and coming to appreciate moments of peace versus waiting for the next tornado to erupt helped her reclaim her life and find her joy.