Limerence and bipolar disorder
I'm just going to quickly note this down so that it's documented in case anyone ever asks me about this...
I've been thinking about limerence a lot lately and am surprised to see that there is hardly anything on the net about its potential link to bipolar disorder.
Limerence definition - "an involuntary potentially inspiring state of adoration and attachment to a limerent object (LO) involving intrusive and obsessive thoughts, feelings and behaviors from euphoria to despair, contingent on perceived emotional reciprocation".[
In short, LOVE for the limerent is what HEROIN is to the drug addict, and ALCOHOL is to the alcoholic.
It's basically an overwhelming addiction. There's no research on this but this is what happens... The limerent bipolar has a capacity for love which is off the scale. This is why so many poets and writers could reach the heightened intensity of feeling in their words. It is far beyond the normal range of emotion.
The dopamine hit for the bipolar limerent in love is HUGE. Therefore the crash is also HUGE.
Bipolar limerents need to be so careful when getting involved romantically. Doctors should immediately be asking them about heartbreak and pain in their consultations. If they are perceptive enough to work out that the 'bipolar' is suffering from limerence then they are going to have to get them specialist help to overcome it.
I know this is hugely IMPORTANT. Yet again I have treated myself for limerence and am learning everything I need to know about it in order to stay well. No psychiatrist ever even mentioned limerence to me in twenty years.
If any doctor ever reads this (I've given up speaking to them because no one listened to me) then please research the connection because it accounts for a tonne of suffering and is directly related to many of the symptoms that the patients are exhibiting. (Many of which are also being caused by the drugs purporting to help them too.)