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Also keep an eye on joint finances and consider how to restrict your partner’s access to money, and also how to avoid liability for any debts they incur – it is not uncommon for someone on a manic spree of bipolar hypersexuality to destroy their finances in order to have sex.Every day remind yourself: – the infidelity was not my fault – the infidelity resulted from my partner’s bipolar mania – they made a terrible choice fueled by hypersexuality, impulsiveness and impaired decision making ability – you are loveable, desirable and deserve better – your partner MUST actively work at avoiding further manic episodes for you to even consider a second chance – you have options and can make decisions in your own best interests and those of your children – you can heal from this as an individual.
I know this is a difficult concept – how ridiculous to say that this most personal and intimate of betrayals is “nothing personal”.try, if possible, to separate your unfaithful partner as a person from their manic behavior.Sometimes “hate the sin, love the sinner” is too much to ask and it is not possible to forgive the cheating.The cause is the hypersexuality, impaired judgement, poor impulse control, and grandiosity – scary bipolar symptoms – all brought on by mania.The cure is to stabilize the bipolar spouse and stop the mania – invariably this is best done with a proven mood stabilizer such as lithium.Assuming the situation is one of bipolar symptoms and textbook bipolar infidelity, there is one cause and one cure.
Note: At this point you may want to learn about the causes of bipolar disorder.
This is a page I have wanted to write for a long time because it is SUCH an important topic, and because it is the issue I get the most questions and requests about.
However, it is a difficult subject for me personally because this was the main way my bipolar symptoms became obvious, and my most serious manic episode manifested.
You need to know if your partner was on medication at the time and look for all the other signs of a manic episode.
Talking to a professional could be very helpful here.
It is not a good idea to persist in a relationship with a bipolar spouse who will not actively seek treatment, comply with their medication regime, and work at getting and staying well.