Bipolar dating stories
But those raised by parents with mental illness are not condemned to remain emotional hostages to their troubled parents. Many people who have experienced tumultuous upbringings find it hard to seek help. They blame themselves for their parents’ problems: “If I’d been a better son or daughter my mother wouldn’t have been so sick.” And some fear they will “inherit” a similar mood disorder.Indeed, there does appear to be a genetic component.“Wow,” Beth said after her second meeting, adding, “They really get it.We share tips and help each other get through tough times.Being able to sit with difficult feelings in session rather than continually run from the dark emotions; asking herself questions she had never thought to pose like “What are my strengths?” versus always focusing on her perceived faults; learning coping skills; coming to realize that her experiences had taught her many positives such as empathy for others in pain; and coming to appreciate moments of peace versus waiting for the next tornado to erupt helped her reclaim her life and find her joy.It’s not surprising that studies point to children of parents with bipolar disorder being more susceptible to psychosocial problems such as risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, aggressive behavior and risk of suicide.Growing up in this type of dysfunctional environment makes it nearly impossible to escape unscathed as children need to feel emotionally safe, loved unconditionally and free to be children and not caretakers for parents who are alternatively volatile and needy.
“The difference is even though I have emotional issues I want to learn how to cope with my pain and make decisions that are best for my child.
Once I got over needing to have a cartoon as my life partner, I found the love of my life in a package much different than the Disney caricature.
Believe it or not, I actually met my husband at an AA meeting.
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