How can I educate my partner about my bipolar disorder?

As an individual diagnosed with a mental health disorder, it is important that you receive support and advocacy from those closest to you, especially your romantic partner. Explain to your partner the nature of your bipolar disorder and what it entails for you personally. Educate your partner on the importance of following a medication regimen and seeing a mental health professional on a regular basis so that they can support you in following through with these tasks. You might want to discuss your personal struggles, such as what a manic or depressive episode looks like for you, so that they can know what to expect and how to help during these times. Based on your comfort level with disclosure, it might be helpful to break up this discussion into several smaller conversations. Utilize your therapist or counselor to assist you in the process by discussing your plans beforehand and debriefing the experience afterwards.

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