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Tips on living with bipolar husband?

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I have a husband who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago. He has a strange sleep cycle where he goes to bed at about 5 or 6 in the morning, and sleeps for at least 6 hours. He was on Vyvanse for depression, but was taken off it due to his manic episodes.

Lately, his bipolar-induced insomnia has been interfering with our lives, meaning I spend less time with him every day due to his sleep. I have talked to him about this in the past, but he says he's not exactly in control of the situation, and he is trying to get a hold of his doctor. He also saw a sleep doctor yesterday, so hopefully that would help.

So for those who are bipolar, or have a loved one who's bipolar, what has that been like? And do you have any tips or advice on living with a bipolar relative and accepting them, because I am struggling a little to understand his diagnosis. I want to be able to support my husband and make our marriage last.
 
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hi ,I don't know much about bipolar but I am trying to learn more as my boyfriend may have it
there are a few people on here with the diagnosis ,I hope they can help you
x just wanted to welcome you to the forum x hope you find this place useful
love Lu xxx
 
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I have bipolar disorder and know how difficult it can be for family to deal with us or understand why we do the things we do. My husband researched bipolar and read every book he could get his hands on after I was diagnosed. (I was a late bloomer...late onset bipolar at 47 years old). It really helped both of us. I’m fortunate that I have been doing extremely well for years. Finding the right medication is of the utmost importance. It’s okay for you to take a break and focus on yourself. Your mental health is important too. Hang out with friends, take up a hobby etc...it might not hurt to have him join this forum and talk to people who suffer from the same illness. It was a relief to me when I joined and immediately was welcomed and treated with compassion and understanding. I did something I never do...I cried. It was like coming home. I do wish you the best and hope things get easier for you. ❤
 
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So for those who are bipolar, or have a loved one who's bipolar, what has that been like? And do you have any tips or advice on living with a bipolar relative and accepting them, because I am struggling a little to understand his diagnosis. I want to be able to support my husband and make our marriage last.
First, there is more than one kind of bipolar (Bipolar I, II, cyclothymic disorder and maybe more). So if you want to help him, start by finding out which one he has, and then read absolutely everything you can get your hands on about bipolar. There are some great books out there written by patients who can tell you exactly what they go through and how they cope. When I read some of their experiences, I was able to say 'yeah, that is totally me' and knew that my p-doc had given me the right diagnosis.

Also, don't rule out the possibility of going into marriage counseling with or without your partner.
 
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