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I have been in and out of a relationship with a bipolar man for the last 18 months.He refuses to treat his disorder and it has destroyed the relationship.Many times, I feel like I'm the one going crazy. His episodes are scary and usually leave me sobbing and feeling helpless. I have begged him to take medication but he refuses.The only med he will take is some sort of effexor which is a very small dosage.He has stated many times that he loves the mania.We are both in recovery and although he is sober from drugs and alcohol, his mania seems like a drug.When we first started dating, he seemed like the most considerate and loveable man I had met in a long time.However, within 3 weeks, I experienced the first of many episodes.It scared me and I had many people telling me to get out while I could.I didn't and now I am left with sadness and have been seeing a psychologists to help me.He again has demanded no contact from me and that is what I am giving him. I'm at a loss. Can you help?

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First Helper littlewing76

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replied June 16th, 2011
Bipolar Disorder Answer A24145
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

I am sorry to say but no one except a combined team of a psychiatrist and a psychologist can help him. Along with medications to control his mania, he would need some counseling. Possibly you could alert someone from his family or close friend circle who can force him to seek medical help. Hope this helps. Take care!

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