Welcome Pinkgirl82...You sound a lot like me when I first joined the board. My husband also seemed to not be that receptive to learning more about bipolar. He did go with me to about my first 6 therapy sessions. But I think it was more to be able to make sure I was telling the truth while there, honestly. I also printed out alot of different things for him to read, or emailed him links. He said he read them, but sometimes in arguments he has said things to me that told me that he must not have really read anything because he still acted like he knew nothing about bipolar.
So I finally gave up on educating him and concentrated non myself. Which you should do too. I hope you have some sort of therapy. It was a lifesaver for me when ai didn't have that supportive spounce to vent to.
Thank you so much for the replies and words of encouragement! I cannot describe how great it feels to have a place like this in my life now. Although my family and friends are great and supportive, they just do not understand the things I go through, and I don't expect them to having never been through what this disorder puts you through. My husband does seem to be becomming more receptive, which is so great. I am starting to see some differences in his behavior and the way he reacts to my mood swings. I know that the more I learn the more I can teach him and the better we both will be.
Although I haven't read the survival guide you spoke of, I did pick up two books the other day. One was Bipolar Disorder for Dummies (I couldn't help but laugh!) and the other was Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder. I bought this one for my husband , knowing full well that he wouldn't read it since he is not much of a reader. However, I have been reading it myself and I have found it interesting to gain perspective on what HE may be feeling. There are a lot of great tips in this book and the information I have gathered from it so far has been a great start to some really good conversations with my husband. The effort he is making has really shown me that maybe he is just afraid, confused, and unsure where to begin and what to do. In past episodes, I have accused him so many times of just not caring, but I know that is not the case.