Our expert says:
Well, it sounds like your psychiatrist has discovered the basis of your problem, and it usually responds really well to treatment. Stigma is a variable thing --- no diagnosis should be treated by you as though it caries a stigma --- that only increases stigma. If the shrink has concluded thast you DON'T have an eating disorder, that's good news to share with your family and maybe your bf ( it depends on how close you two are and what your future mutual plans are as to whether its really any of his business ) ; to then explain a mild bipolar diagnosis should sound like a relief to those who care about you.
And you are NOT a crazy peron --- you're a normal person with bipolar Disorder. He may be a normal persopn with dandruff. And its YOU, with UNTREATED bipolar disorder, apparently, who he has grown fond of --- under treatment, you should be even more delightful. Of course you must tell him the truth, but without making it sound like something awful. If he has questions, as Maria says ( HI Maria, nice to hear from you again !) --- help him find stuff to read about it or indeed arrange for him to meet your shrink to discuss this. And as Maria says, if he then chooses to run away, so be it, he would then not be worth missing. But I suspect he won't do that.
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