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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 7/22/14


My fiancé was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about four months ago. I don't know what to do. Sometimes he wants me around and begs me not to go to work. He gets upset when I'm tired because it seems to him that I'm ignoring him. And other times, he doesn't want me to touch him or to be around him because he says it makes him sad and he doesn't want me around his friends, either. In the past, before he was medicated, he was abusive and he says that looking at me makes him feel guilty about the things he did. He doesn't want to break up; he still wants the relationship. Is this normal for bipolar disorder? Why is he doing this? Please help.


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Shared by: Bette

Bipolar disorder is a very complicated disease for both those who have it and those who care about them. Please consider going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness webpage ( and find a support group where you can talk to others who are also experiencing many of the issues you are dealing with.

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