There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.2. Part of having bipolar can be what is called "anosognosia," a weird word for a simple idea: a mentally ill person who's unable to perceive that they are ill.
This means a huge part of bipolar is that, when your partner most needs help, they will be least likely to look for or accept it.
After six months of dating, I knew that this was the man I was going to marry.
He said that he knew from the second he saw me walk into the AA group, which is quite a romantic thing to say.
His depressive state had caused him to use alcohol as a sort of self-medication.