I know many of you are probably wondering what this is doing in a parenting topic, but to be honest, if you don’t have a strong marriage, parenting is going to be just that much harder. With having bipolar disorder and being a bipolar mother, I’ve learned a thing or two. I need a good partner to help me during my tough times. One who understands the illness and knows that I’m ill.
That person is my husband. He’s been my husband since May of 1999 and we’ve been together since I was 15 years old. We just celebrated being together for 21 years. We’ve beaten the odds! We’re high school sweethearts, we had a child before we were married, we’ve been through life and death together, but most of all we both have a mental illness.
We are each other’s strongest support persons and because of that we’ve been able to parent our children in an effective way.
Even though we both have been diagnosed with having bipolar disorder, we have some how managed to fight through it and we always come out stronger than before. Trust me, we do not have that dreamy, everything is perfect marriage. But we do have a marriage that works for us and one that has been working for over 21 years.
Being in a bipolar marriage hasn’t been easy for either one of us. Just like bipolar parenting is hard work, so is a bipolar marriage. But following the tips above can help in any circumstance. If you feel you can’t communicate well enough with your partner, it may be time to consider counseling to help you get your marriage back on track. When a person has a mental illness it can be hard on both parties and having someone from the outside, with fresh eyes looking in can help the marriage tremendously. I’m a firm believer that having a strong marriage can help make your job as a bipolar parent that much easier.
Until next time….
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Last reviewed: 5 Jun 2014