When I accepted my diagnosis and life with bipolar disorder, I finally found my confident self, but I had to overcome some obstacles to get there.
by my boyfriend: he manipulated me into questioning my own sanity. We started dating around three years after my diagnosis—when I was just starting to publish my blog and open up about my struggle with mental health.
I have learned a lot from men I’ve been romantically involved with—including the ones who have treated me poorly.
It is important for people to remember that challenges are inevitable in romantic relationships regardless of if your partner has a mental health condition or not.
Dating during your twenties is an experience in itself, but when you live with a severely stigmatized condition like bipolar disorder, dating can really be a challenge.
As a 28-year-old mental health advocate who is publicly open about her life with bipolar II disorder, I have often experienced stigma in my dating life.
Today I approach dating with one purpose— to have fun.
I questioned myself and my sanity, which was the wrong thing to do.
The fact is, we all have issues, whether you live with bipolar disorder or not.
And if someone won’t give you a chance because of a label, consider yourself lucky.
My advice to those who live with bipolar disorder and ready to enter the dating world is to make sure you are confident in yourself.
Do not assume you are the underdog because you live with a mental health condition.