Be informed At the same time however, there are thousands of people with bipolar disorder who are leading normal and healthy lives.
With regular treatment and medications, it is entirely possible to keep the condition in check and if you find that someone with bipolar disorder enriches your life with love and meaning, there is no reason why you should hesitate dating him or her.
The bottomline is that bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness and despite large options in treatment and therapy, a person affected by it will never be able to offer you the kind of emotional and psychological support that a completely healthy partner can.
If you begin dating a patient of bipolar disorder, you are bound to feel that there are three people in the relationship – you, your partner and the disease.
Haltzman is clinical assistant professor in the Brown University department of psychiatry and human behavior.