If you've been battling addiction, it's important to remember that you're not alone. Millions of Australians will go through the same issues as you in any given year and if you have sought help for your troubles, you have taken the first, but significant step forward. However, don't underestimate the challenge that you may face when you go back out "into the real world." You will have to come up with a plan and stick to it as robustly as possible, if you are to avoid any issues in the future.
Bipolar disorder can be an extremely difficult condition to manage. It's unusual among mental health problems in that, as the name suggests, it causes two distinct and opposing states. Although the high, or manic, periods frequently feel less problematic to the person experiencing them, they can still cause difficulty by leading to inappropriate actions or a lack of focus and concentration.
Luckily, there are ways to reduce the impact bipolar disorder has on your life.
If you and your partner have decided to book an appointment with a relationship counsellor, here are two tips which you may find useful.
Decide in advance which topics you wish to discuss
The problems within a romantic relationship can often be quite complex and, as such, can be difficult to articulate clearly.
This fact, coupled with the nervousness that most people feel at the prospect of speaking to a counsellor for the first time, can sometimes lead to couples spending their initial counselling session discussing superficial, petty problems, instead of the serious, underlying issues that are damaging their relationship.