So, I am one of the odd ones that actually WANT to stay married to my bipolar man. People call me crazy but we are celebrating our 25th anniversary soon. I love him more today than the day we met and that is not a small feat. His bipolar is type 2 rapid cycle and I have been to hell and back...but I've made it through it all because of my Lord Jesus Christ. Yes...I know without God I would be dead right now. He has helped me through everything...even the latest mania this past weekend. I cried all weekend, but with prayer and communication we diffused the bomb for the umteenth time. I am here to encourage that you can have a real life, a happy life, and children that do not grow up wounded. It is darn hard work but it is definitely worth it. Faith has worked for me, and the meds have worked for him. For us as a couple and as parents the two go hand in hand. Mostly, i have learnt that I have to separate the bipolar from the man I love...and he is not his illness...I've taught that to my children all through their lives. Now I am proud to say, they are wonderful well rounded young adults. Yes it has been hard and probably will continue to be, but....I am strong. I AM STRONG! ...and so are all of you or you wouldn't be here. So I encourage you to love your bipolar spouse...just love love love...as love covers over a multitude of sin....and...the hardest one.....forgive!