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It sonded like you acted very appropriately and that partner appears to be a rapid cycler. The recommendation is to be calm and non judgemental as negatively expressed emotion can definitely be a trigger. You offered him space which empowered him to choose what will make him more comfortable (I assume you are talking about Bipolar Disorder). Your reaction was textbook perfect and it is quite amazing that without any training you responded so appropriately. I am going to leave to links-one it on a phamphlet on living with some one with Bipolarity and the other is for NAMI an organization that is supportive of friends and relatives with mental Illness.
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I am not sure if there is a NAMI in Canada, but I am sure that if yo contact them , they will be able to refer yo. If you hold on I'll go down to the office and get the name of the book that I lend out to family of patients to read. One piece of advice and that is your sensitivity is excellent, but one thing that I hear from patients is 'that I just want to be treated normally", so do not over concentrate on his illness. Back right back withj the citation.
Don't worry you did not commit a sin-you just showed your concern. I would advise you just tone it down and deal with it when it comes up in the natural course of conversation. Again you did nothing wrong, but with him just keep it in perspective. I'm sure in anew relation there is a lot talk about and his illness will be one of them, but not the only. Yes if my answer was helpful just push the accept button.
I sent you the Amazon citation, bt it appears to have disappeared got to back will return very shortly.
Loving Some One with Bipolar Disorder Amazon Citation:
Bipolar Disorder a Guide for Patients and Families I have not read it, but I heatrd it was good.
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Sorry as it was insensitive of me to make a stereotypical assumption! It would be pure speculation on my part as I have no idea as to his history or patterns. Do you have any further information on the nature of his illness?