10 Brutal Things You Should Know About Being Married To Someone Who Is Bipolar

 was 18-years-old, pregnant, scared and lonely when I met my now husband. We became best friends and two years later, he married and had a baby. Fast forward six years, we were madly in love and engaged, then married. One year after that, my husband came home after work, sat down at the kitchen table and told me he wanted a divorce.

I refused. Not very nicely. A few months after that, he was diagnosed with Bipolar 2, and our marriage was in for a hell of a ride. Ten years later, I’ve had a book published about our marriage, a lot of sleepless nights, and a heck of a lot of a lessons learned about loving someone with bipolar disorder. Here’s a few biggies:

1. When your partner is diagnosed, you won’t know what’s coming.

This is because even if you understand mental illness — I was already struggling with anxiety and depression when my husband was diagnosed — you don’t know what it’s going to look like in a particular person. There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.

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