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What Are Some Things to Say to My Bipolar Boyfriend?

My boyfriend is in complete denial about his disorder. I’ve tried telling him he needs to talk to a professional but he always say he’s fine and doesn’t need help. I’m planning to write a letter to him saying goodbye since I’m moving away to another city. What are some things I should write in the letter? Are there things that a Bipolar person wants to hear (or not hear)? And how can I tell him that I want him to get help? (for the last time). (From New Zealand)

What Are Some Things to Say to My Bipolar Boyfriend?

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  Both what to say — and equally important, what not to say — is covered more deeply by these two articles. The more important thing is that you are moving away and the best path for you to take is to talk about what didn’t work for you in the relationship and what did. This will help keep your discussion focused on you, which is always the best way to say goodbye.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

What Are Some Things to Say to My Bipolar Boyfriend?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2017). What Are Some Things to Say to My Bipolar Boyfriend?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2017/07/28/what-are-some-things-to-say-to-my-bipolar-boyfriend-3/

 

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