Managing Close Relationships When Moods Pull Them Apart

Self-awareness and healthy boundaries are key to maintaining strong relationships with your significant others, family and friends when mood swings threaten to pull you apart.

All relationships ebb and flow. It comes with the territory because, well, we’re human.

But when bipolar is part of the equation, the dynamics of relationships–with partners, family members and friends–are more complicated.

Julie K. had not yet been diagnosed with bipolar II when she said her wedding vows 22 years ago. But she felt broken and admits that her irritability, unpredictability and self-loathing put her husband, Chris, “through the wringer with a lot of hurt and heartache.”

She would act defensive when Chris urged her to get help, and she forbade him from reaching out for support, worried about anyone finding out about her darkest moments.

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