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Well, one of my siblings married someone who has bipolar and the relationship ended in divorce b/c the person with the bipolar condition wanted divorce when off medication. She'd go off the meds and in addition to all the manic behaviour and delusions, would engage in adultery, spending sprees, etc. It was really rough to watch. So that is a bad story.
A success story is another family member's wife - she is stabilized on medication and has had no huge issues. Not to say they don't have issues - just not like the ones above.
but since you already know that he goes off medication at will, I would stay far far away.
I have seen many people with that diagnosis live normal, productive lives--when they remain adherent to a successful medication regimen. I have also seen many people with that diagnosis who do not have good outcomes. It is, IMO, very dependent upon a person's committment to maintaining good mental health, his or her access to mental health resources, and also on how good their medicated baseline is.
What concerns me is that you've only known him 1 month, and you've already observed him unmedicated/in crisis
I would want to know if it is a pattern of behavior for him to be discontinuing medications against medical advice, or if despite med compliance, his medications regularly stop working. I would want to know how many crisis events/hospitalizations/suicide attempts or gestures he has had in recent history. I'd want to know if there is a history of drug or alcohol use that might contribute to lack of med compliance. If any of these are significant factors in your friend's situation, I'd walk away.
Best of luck, and I hope your friend stabilizes and feels better soon.
Amara ~ Married to my HS sweetheart, we're having a blast with baby Z (1/29/2011)
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