Do you have classic mania symptoms, which I've read can include reduction in sleep (I know you know all of this, but I'm writing it down for others), spending money like there will be no tomorrow, hyper-sexual (which one feels when in love anyway!) and other symptoms you've come to know as mania?
Delila brought up a great point!
I hope, most sincerely, that you ARE in love!
I am bi polor as well. I am in a healthy relationship but I took it slow you will know in your heart if this person is right for you they will accept you even through the good times and the bad times with us bi polors it can be a bumpy ride. how long have you known this person, does this person know you are bi polor? maybe you should talk to this person and explain how you feel I pray this is helpful to you am praying for you
I have been in lust and I have been in love... both are quite fun ... how to tell the diff? By feeling INTO your body ... when I am in lust, my normal state when I am manic, I feel racy, urgent, must F something NOW ... love feels a bit smoother, romantic with violins playing ...
Whatever ... be careful of lust ... it leadeth me to put my ... erm ... self where no man fears to tread (so to speak)
I agree with MacIntosh. I don't know as I've ever felt as if I'm in love during a manic phase, I have experienced hyper sexuality during them however. Regardless if I have a significant other or not I often struggled not to be over sexually active. My whole outlook would change and I would become attracted very easily to women. I would have a harder time holding back my urges, I suppose. I was usually so elated I loved almost everything and everyone. On lithium the sex drive remains yet much more controlled, although my ability to display emotions is a bit difficult. I feel it, yet I have a hard time showing it.
This is a good question as well as a little tricky. I am a duel diagnosis person. I have Bipolar and am a recovering addict of sorts. That said, from my personal experience love feels very different to me than mania. Love is an intense emotion to me. I'll admit i do become consumed by it. Perhaps us "Bipolars" are just more passionate people? :). Mania for me is a state of being for me. While it consumes me as well, it's different. I feel almost out of control. I'm often late for work, my sleep is thrown off, I shop excessively. My sex drive goes into overdrive and I have trouble sitting still. I do everything at "warp" speed. It becomes a medical concern rather than an intense emotion/feeling. I can only recognize the difference because I've been diagnosed with BP/Addiction for almost
10 years. Therapy sessions and group therapy sessions have helped me a lot as well as how to determine my feelings/emotions like "Love" vs. my physical state of being like "Mania". Hope this helps some. I hope you are in Love :)... it's such a beautiful thing to feel and to have. I strongly encourage you to share with your loved on that you are Bipolar. Best wishes to you!
Just my 2 cents worth :)
Oh, Delila, that had to be awful for you. I'm not sure, but I don't think I could continue working with them, under these horrible circumstances. You must be very strong.
No, I haven't had a relationship for 18 years, nor have I been married, and I don't think it would be wise for me to have one. As you already know, I'm bipolar, agoraphobic and have PTSD. There's not a man on earth that could deal with my mental problems. I've had many offers, but deep in my heart I knew that I didn't want to take that chance. I like my freedom, now. Love comes in many forms to me, and to love myself and God are the most satisfying relationships I could ever have.
Once again, Delila, I'm so sorry for this dreadful situation you had to go through.
Our friends help us both out, and for that, I am extremely grateful.
Thank you for being my friend.
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