Here is his interview.
What was your understanding of bipolar disorder prior to being exposed to it?
A mental health disorder characterized by shifts from one extreme mood to the next.
How has this person's bipolar disorder affected your life and emotions?
Hannah's depression/bi-polar spectrum condition has made me think much more deeply about mental illness and my own earlier battles with depression when I was in my early 20's. From time to time it has created stresses on the relationship but I think I am pretty good at captaining the boat when the mood shifts for the worse.
What was this person like in a depressive episode and how did you respond to it?
Extremely negative and seemed to be stuck in this conditional loop that wouldn't end. I learned how to listen better and learned some of the more appropriate ways to create dialogue with Hannah. I learned how to address suicide and how to talk down a crisis.
What was this person like a manic episode and how did you respond to that?
Hannah's manic moods aren't particularly extreme; however, she does perhaps get into moods where she believes she can take on the world. I deal with this by listening to her and just acting normal. I don't try to keep pace, I just keep listening and try to keep understanding.
How do you view bipolar disorder now after being exposed to it personally?
Let's not lie -- it's a pain in the butt to deal with, but it can be managed and I know that individuals with bipolar disorder can live happy well adjusted normal lives with support, treatment, and hope.