We are happy to be hosting an intern for the summer. She wrote this article for us:

Every marriage relationship is looking for stability. When Bipolar disorder comes into the picture stability may seem like an impossible state to reach, and love may seem lost. This does not have to be true! When Bipolar disorder enters a marriage, problems tend to present themselves as more animated and theatrical. However, by honestly communicating with your spouse and working together through your problems, you will not only help the situation, but increase bonding as well.

Here are a few tips to help you along your way:

  1. Keep taking your medication. If this is an option for you, it would be wise to continue taking your medication, even if you believe you are feeling better. Do this for yourself, and for your spouse.

  2. Educate yourself about the disease; what stressors trigger mood swings and what best sooth them. Selflessly comfort your spouse, try to understand what they are going through and what helps. Have compassion and recognize when the disease is speaking, not your spouse.

  3. Both husband and wife attending therapy together may be helpful to learn more about each other, the disease, and to increase your overall marital fidelity.

  4. Maintain a regular sleep schedule, eat healthy, and stay active. Maintaining a healthy, mind, body, and spirit is tremendously beneficial in all aspects of life.

  5. Take time for yourself, to pray, and recall your love for each other, and manage stress. Do something creative, go biking, golfing, fishing, or pick up a hobby.

 

–Miranda Farthing

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