Haltzman is clinical assistant professor in the Brown University department of psychiatry and human behavior.
He tells Web MD that bipolar disorder can seriously complicate a relationship.
"The person, particularly if untreated, may be prone to changes in their mood, their personality, and their interactions that can threaten the consistency that is the framework of a relationship." He adds that not everyone with bipolar disorder experiences the distinct mood phases of mania and depression.
SHE MUST take her medications according to doctor's instructions and if she does she should just be fine and the only problems you both should have are normal ones.
If she persists on not taking medications or playing around with her dosage without seeing her doctor then don't be afraid to talk to her and tell her to smarten-up.
When Jim Mc Nulty, 58, of Burrillville, Rhode Island, got married in the 1970s, everything seemed fine at first.
"It was an absolutely normal courtship," he recalls. During his "up" or hypomanic states, he would spend huge sums of money he didn't have.
Some people feel being on especially a medication for a condition of the brain such as depression (includes bi-polar) etc., is a weakness and it is no different than having diabetes or some other illness.
Not so long ago (and even today it can happen) people often will look their nose down at a person with a mental condition.
It's sad because the person looking their nose down at the person is ignorant and knows little about this mental condition and it hurts the person that has it.
Thus, they feel different and don't always feel they are like anyone else.
That means spending money recklessly, becoming promiscuous, engaging in risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse, and even getting into trouble with the law.