Our expert says:
I suspect men and women find each other hard to deal with, with or without bipolar disorder.
Funny how some people seem to believe that disease and illnesess and disorder are like the fairies in Peter Pan, who only exist if you believe in them, rather than recognize that they exist whether we like it or not.
Don't you find sometimes there an unfortunate sort of vicious cycle that arises, when one partner starts feeling bad and the other for whatever reason doesn't want to take it seriously ? The more he tries to ignore it, the more desperately you try to convince him, and the more fiercely he tries to ignore it or minimise it.
Anyhow, what comes across very clearly in your letter to him, whether or no he can recognize or appreciate it isn't as important as it may seem --- is that you are seriously distressed and deserve someone understanding to listen and to work with you towards solutions other than dispair. I hope you are seeing or will soon see, a shrink to share this burden with you Don't give this guy so much power over your life or over how you can and will feel.
I applaud your inner determination not to give in to thoughts of death. Its like playing chess --- if one is losing games consistently, surely rather than throwing away the board and abandoning the game, we should rather take some lessons and learn how to win ?
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