Our expert says:
Its a strong point in his favour that he was honest and open about his diagnosis so early on. Gently discuss with him your concerns, and maybe he can help you ( and maybe even his shrink ) to understand how to help him by assisting in recognizing the early signs of the mood swings --- this can be useful for anyone with Bipolar Disorder. People with this disorder vary quite widely as to how severe it is, and how well it is controlled by their meds. He wouldn't ordinarily be "weird" or out of the ordinary.
Been there and Sg, for instance, are decribing relationships with people with apparently uncontrolled or poorly controlled and very severe Bipolar Disorder, possibly in someone who also had a personality disorder to complicate things. This is not inevitably the case nor the course of such relationships. Maria's experience, fortunately, is more typical.
G shows how sensitive and sensible someone with bipolar can be, between episodes --- with better meds controlling her disorder--- and i she stayed off the Pot which will always tend to destabilize things, she could be happier and more stable
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