Relationships can be stressful. When you are in a relationship with a person who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it can be overwhelming. During manic times you are always conscious of risks associated with dare-devil behavior; during depressive times, you may feel left out as your mate or child retreats into their own little cocoon of misery and loneliness. Implusive behavior can make socializing extremely difficult, and poor judgement can cause a spouse to lose their job, which adds an extra burden to a family already coping with so much. Bipolar disorder can, quite literally, break a relationship without help and support.