I didn’t have a healthy gauge then and I was repeating certain patterns.” Now that she’s stable and better educated about her disorder, Robin says lessons she learned from that tumultuous relationship helped her set better boundaries going forward.
Since then, scientists have learned more about the brain in love.
For example, people in the intoxicating throes of early love have higher levels of a brain protein called nerve growth factor, which tapers back to normal after about a year.
“People with bipolar disorder are entitled to the human experiences that anybody else could have—like falling in love,” says David H.
Brendel, MD, Ph D, medical director of the Mood Disorders Program at Walden Behavioral Care in Massachusetts.
However, an individual’s orientation is very different in the two states.