At eighteen, she enrolled in the Ivy League university she'd dreamt of attending since childhood, and within a semester, was incapacitated by depression; she dropped out and returned to L. Sidelined for years, she was finally looking forward again: doing PR for a record label and working part-time toward her bachelor's degree. When I looked at Sara, I felt inspiration, not pity.
Caroline Ewing, a student, used to tell her dates about her diagnosis up front, but she’s found that people are less understanding than they appear at the beginning.He said, ‘Your disorder’s ruining our relationship.You’re going crazy.’ I started to doubt myself, like am I going insane?“There's a limited amount that you can understand about mania and depression” if you don’t experience them, says Jamison.“You have to be a good listener and you have to be compassionate.You don't have to fix the person 'cause you can't,” says Hannah.“It’s not fun, but it beats the alternative,” she says.On the other hand, she adds, “I think it's awful to put people who have this illness on the defensive, to feel like they've got to justify something to the universe.”Hannah says that in dating at least her bipolar has been a kind of blessing. Relationships are hard no matter what; challenge is inevitable.Bipolar disorder is a misunderstood mental illness that's more common than some people realize. population gets diagnosed, according the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but dangerous myths still persist about people with bipolar disorder, which contribute to a stigma about the illness that is incredibly hard to shake.Marked by distinct high and low moods, called mania and depression, bipolar disorder causes patients to experience distractibility, feelings of euphoria, restlessness, and hopelessness, among other symptoms. This stigma affects almost every facet of one’s social life, from school to work and relationships. D., a clinical psychologist and professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who both has and studies bipolar illness, the average age of onset is around 22.Those people who don't want to be with you because of bipolar disorder, it's not because you're insane or weird or out there.It's because they can't handle a challenge.