Your doctor can prescribe mood stabilizing medications, such as Lithium, with antidepressants to help control your symptoms.

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Navigating any romantic relationship -- whether it's dating or marriage -- can be a tricky endeavor.

Add bipolar disorder with its roller-coaster ride of emotions into the mix, and relationships become even more challenging.

"That's because you want to pull them out of their shell and you don't know how to do it." Bipolar disorder can become an issue from the very start of a relationship.

When you first meet someone you like, it's natural to want to make a good impression.

Depression can cause the person to withdraw completely from everything -- and everyone -- around him or her.

"If you're a partner with someone, it's very frustrating," Haltzman says.

When Jim Mc Nulty, 58, of Burrillville, Rhode Island, got married in the 1970s, everything seemed fine at first.

"It was an absolutely normal courtship," he recalls. During his "up" or hypomanic states, he would spend huge sums of money he didn't have.

Warning signs, she says, can include disturbed sleep and changes in activity level.