The person who finally figures out relationships will make more money than Bill Gates. All rational expectations are off the table ...
HAVING A MENTAL ILLNESS poses serious challenges in our relationships. So does being chronically normal. The "them" and "us" is artificial - I qualify as both someone living with mental illness and as a family member/loved one, as do a lot of you. The real challenge is reaching an understanding and making it work.
Just about all books and articles treat the one with depression or bipolar as the problematic one in the relationship. Here, we introduce a novelty: Sometimes the "normal" partner can be the real pain in the neck. It's been known to happen.
The pic to illustrate Relationships is a close-up of Klimt's "The Kiss." Ah, the possibilities. Alas, the ambiguities.