The most obvious problem is the wild swings in libido: one week your partner wants sex all the time -- maybe too often -- and the next they've got the sexual impulses of a Buddhist monk.
With both Nyla and Sara, I never knew what sort of response my advances would receive.
This is partially thanks to the ubiquity of advertisements for medications like Abilify and Zyprexa, and partially due to diagnoses, which have doubled over the last decade.
A 1997 National Mental Health Association survey found that more than two-thirds of Americans had limited or no knowledge of the disease; almost a decade later, eight out of ten Americans think they know what bipolar disorder is.
I, who have never liked TV, started watching hours of it with her every night.
Infatuated with cleaning products, Sara taught me the joys of repetitive household maintenance.
Without ever having met her, Fox News contributor Dr.
Keith Ablow all but diagnosed Britney Spears on air this month.
Sara was twenty-seven, and what people used to call a wag: smart, quick-witted, encyclopedic.
She could recount every failed Everest expedition in mesmerizing detail -- the sort of a talent I would expect of a rock climber, not someone who'd never gone camping. Then I found out."There's something you should know about me," she said, a couple of hours into the date. I tried to remember if I'd sipped from her drink."I'm bipolar," she said."Good," I replied.
This probably isn't how most people picture bipolar disorder.
Yet despite this, more people than ever think they know what bipolar is -- a mixed blessing for those who suffer from it.
You could compile an entire book of quotes comparing love to madness.