My husband has bipolar disorder...and it's taking its toll on my life
I'm hoping some people here have bipolar or a loved one that does. My husband and I have been married 3 years. He was diagnosed last year with Bipolar Disorder I. Overall, he's a good, loving, caring guy. I love him, and I am doing my best. He has a very tough time holding jobs, and as a result, currently is without health insurance (he's had a job now almost 2 months). So at this time, he's not being treated.
My issue is, I feel like I'm losing MY friend over it. My family had backed off some from us, and have expressed that they don't really care for him. I'm finding friends doing the same lately. The phone calls to get together are less and less. As a couple, and just for me. Around others, he's generally happy and manic, which I guess puts people off. Once he left me at a party for 2 hours, but returned. Rarely, he can be moody, but he generally is quiet when he feels moody.
I think it's unfair to avoid ME....but I understand many people think we're a package deal, so they don't deal with him if they don't deal with me.
I'm starting to feel alone in this.
I just don't know what to do. I'm hoping someone else has been here and can give me some advice.