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I hadn't been in a relationship for almost 4 years when I met my current boyfriend. I was diagnosed with bipolar about 5 years ago. I'm pretty good at handling myself when it's just me but I'm having problems keeping it together around my boyfriend. He has a 3 year old daughter and insists that we sleep in separate beds when she's over for fear of setting a bad example. Keep in mind, we currently live together. At first, I was handling it okay. Now, it's really getting to be an issue. I'm tired of being evicted from my own bed every time his daughter comes over since she sleeps with him. I feel like it's negatively affecting our relationship. He says I'm being overly sensitive and accuses me of being jealous of his daughter. I don't know if this is how I'm coming across. My family keeps asking if my bipolar is coloring my vision and how I'm perceiving things. I've upped my medicine dose and have spoke with other people about the issue. I don't think my bipolar has anything to do with it. My boyfriend tells me I need to take my meds because I'm acting crazy. I know what I feel but everyone is blaming it on my bipolar. I'm at a loss. I don't know what to do. I don't want to break up with my boyfriend but I've expressed how lonely and isolated I feel when we are sleeping apart. Just an fyi, sometimes we have her for weeks at time so it isn't short term all the time. Nothing is changing. I'm starting to dread when his daughter does come over because I know what's going to happen. It's nothing against her, it's just that I despise the sleeping arrangements. Not to mention he doesn't discipline for bad behavior which doesn't help. I love him and his daughter to death but I get so depressed when she's over because of everything so it's really difficult for me to bounce back and it usually takes a while before I feel normal again. Can someone please help? Is this really my bipolar messing with me or are my feelings about the whole situation valid?
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