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Can my bipolar disorder affect my social life?

Ellen Frudakis
Ellen Frudakis on behalf of International Bipolar Foundation
Health Education
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When your ability to function gets handicapped by bipolar disorder, it can affect your lifestyle, making the usual meeting places for meeting people less likely to occur in your life. Common ways of meeting new people include work, school, or through other friends. As an individual begins treatment or is managing symptoms, those outlets can become inaccessible.

I, like many others with this illness, have gone through periods when I was unable to work or attend school. If you do find yourself able to meet people, the next barrier is being able to relate to them. They may have a job, a family, or attend a school, etc. If you don't share a common factor in these areas, you may not know what to say or how to answer questions that may be directed at you.

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