My SO has been bi-polar longer than the ten years we've know each other. At the beginning, I tried to be supportive, but thought it best not to step on any toes; I thought if there was anything I needed to know, she'd educate me. I didn't realize how serious it was or can be. Now, within the last 6 months, she's worse than ever and I'm struggling to cope with educating myself, supporting her and holding our lives together. Its difficult to talk to her, because she gets upset easily, and I really feel I have no one to talk to.