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A huge proportion of the emails and messages I receive are from people who need information and support for relationship issues that arise out of one (or both) partner’s bipolar disorder. A common – but staggering – statistic that gets bandied about is that 90% of marriages involving at least one bipolar spouse will end in divorce. During episodes of mania, someone with bipolar disorder is likely to do things that are particularly destructive. For example, a married person with bipolar disorder is often not aware of the full impact their disorder has on their partner, children, or other family members.
A 2001 study by Dore and Romans found significant others reported serious difficulties in their relationships with the bipolar partner when s/he was unwell, with considerable impact on their own employment, finances, legal matters, co-parenting and other social relationships.
CONS: You may become obsessed with your email account, checking it constantly for a response, and your email may be used as evidence in your divorce. Telephone PROS: You can have a dialogue with your spouse and receive immediate feedback. TIPS: Keep your conversations business like and be ready and able to say “NO” if necessary. In person PROS: You can have a dialogue with your spouse and if you come to an agreement during your discussion, you can put it in writing and your spouse can sign and date the document. TIPS: Meet in a neutral place and avoid emotional or angry confrontations. Through your divorce lawyers PROS: Your lawyer can do the dirty work and you don’t have to see or speak with your spouse. TIPS: Don’t ask your lawyer to communicate with your spouse’s lawyer about trivial matters or if you must, prepare a list of issues that can be dealt with at once to reduce the number of times your lawyer must call or write letters and bill you.
TIPS: Choose your words very carefully and leave emotion, blame and potentially damaging statements out of your message. Once you’ve selected the best method for communicating focus on what you need to say and how to deliver the message in the most conscious and effective way possible. If you would like my guidance while communicating with your spouse during divorce, please complete the confidential form below to see I may serve you.
During divorce conversations between spouses often get tense, teary or impossible to manage.
Which is unfortunate because communicating with your spouse to resolve your divorce issues is necessary. Mail PROS: You can say anything to your spouse without seeing each other or speaking in person.
In Osmond's case, it was "mental cruelty" that drove her to divorce court the first time.Thus the relationship can be very turbulent and uncertain. Divorce is often a prelude to “downward drift” where the person with bipolar disorder seeks and receives less treatment, suffers more frequent and more serious mood swings, encounters problems with employment, the legal system, and life in general, and experiences deteriorating finances and physical health. Further, both groups had similar perceptions of significant events during the course of their marriages.It is common for spouses of people with bipolar disorder to understand and be extremely, even overly, solicitous in response to depression in their partner, but to have more difficulty in seeing manic episodes as part of the illness. For me, as a person with bipolar disorder, maintaining a healthy and happy relationship involves committing to a Treatment Contract with my spouse, and sharing a lot of information such as my mood charts, having a transparent medication regime, visiting my psychiatrist together and so forth. They shared the same feelings about their courtship, first year of marriage, and the degree to which the marriage had met expectations.What is particularly striking is the difficulty in separating cause and effect. For example, we know that bipolar disorder erodes the quality or ALL interpersonal relationships, and marriage is no exception.Perhaps for many of us the intuitive thing is to assume that a person with bipolar disorder will have poorer interpersonal skills and be harder to get along with than a “regular” person. What I mean is,have you ever considered that marital problems may be a trigger for mood episodes, and it is stress somewhere in the relationship that is making the bipolar spouse worse? However, there is still some room for a complex interplay between marital tensions that arise from the behavior of the bipolar spouse during a mood episode, and possible increasing and/or triggering of episodes of mania and/or depression because the bipolar spouse is so vulnerable to any problems that arise in the marriage.
Then you're not the same person you were before and you have a better chance of success second time around," says U. "Do that and the relationship certainly won't last," she says.