As a very infrequent contributor (but very frequent listener/reader), I feel weird asking for advice here, but...has anyone here had experience having a spouse with bipolar disorder? My husband was diagnosed about 6 months ago. He has always had very extreme ups and downs emotionally, so he has feared this diagnosis pretty much our entire marriage (it will be 10 years next March). Things really escalated within the past year, which led to my husband finally seeking professional help and getting diagnosed, for which I'm very grateful for and proud of him. I've been doing my best to be supportive, helpful, a calming influence, etc. I've read a ton of articles on how to be the best partner to someone who is bipolar, but I'm still looking for advice wherever I can get it. I can't help but admit that I've been having some issues myself coping with the stress of it all. I do NOT reveal this stress level to my husband, as he has his hands full with his own mental health right now. Any tips out there? I try to always recognize that for every bad feeling I have, he has it tenfold.
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