― Last night I had a lesson in the importance of communicating with my boyfriend about my mental illness. It's not that I've hidden anything from him, as a matter of fact I told him up front before we even started dating that I have bipolar disorder. It's just not something we discuss. As is evident by this blog, I'm actually quite outspoken about mental illness, and we've often discussed bipolar disorder in general and in relation to a friend of his who committed suicide many years ago. I have [...].