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But treating my bipolar 2 had me feeling stable on my own, like I knew how to take care of myself.
When I saw the psychiatrist, I was in the midst of a bad breakup, one that left me with nowhere to live.
At the same time, I sought the support of multiple friends and family, instead of looking for this kind of connection only in my romantic life.
Here are just a few of the lessons I carry with me: You can’t make someone happy.
For my ex, these were periods of great excitement and focus.
He would sit down at his desk and work on his college papers for an absurd amount of time a day, which gave him great grades but some unhealthy habits.
The truth is, if being happy was as easy as doing those things, he wouldn’t have a mental illness.
Instead, things he usually enjoyed just served as reminders to him of how terrible he felt.
Whenever my ex was in a depressive state, I would try to make him happy by offering to watch his favorite movie, go to his favorite restaurant, or give him a back rub.