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   Posted 8/29/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
 An old boyfriend is taking me out this week... Should I tell him  I have bipolar?
hugs, Caren
Bipolar 1

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   Posted 8/29/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
you dont have to unless you are planning to get serious with him. i say first date let him get to know you but if it goes to second date maybe tell him.

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   Posted 8/29/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree.  No need to bring that up on the frist date.  Just go out and have a good time! 

Bipolar Disorder which mainly manifests itself in clincal depression, Severe sleep apnea, Arthritis, plantar faciitis, execma. 

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   Posted 8/29/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, unless the topic comes up. The less stressed you are about talking about it, the less stressfull it is to hear about it. It is a part of who you are. You are not expected to talk about everything the first date.
But... if he is an old boyfriend thn he already knows how you behave and may need the explanation of the bipolar Dx for previous behavior. I wouldn't hide it like a dark secret- but it doesnt need to be the first thing you bring up either.
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be. 
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