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Treat your recovered or recovering partner the same: Honor the illness for what it is, offer what support you can , and give them time to feel the feelings.In recovery, your partner will hopefully have learned coping skills and/or developed a support system.Leave the advice to the professionals and, as an intimate partner, just be a shoulder to cry on. (And if it doesn’t pass, then please remind your partner to call a therapist or qualified professional for help.)Changing your language and your lifestyle in order to be someone’s partner is an inconvenience – true.But if you’re a heavy drinker, and you to date a recovered alcoholic, you learn to stop suggesting dates at the wine bar.
You wouldn’t tell someone with bipolar disorder that they should get over it or chill out (and if you would, you shouldn’t).Therefore, it’s incredibly important for both of us – – to be able to communicate about the elephant in the room.