Dating mental health problems
Younger Maria would have admonished herself for days. Because if a man requires me to have a “normal” brain or would not enjoy me crying during cranberry juice commercials, our relationship could never work.I may not be “normal,” and yes, I found a spoon in my pillowcase last night, but I’m incredible.Here are some things to think about when it comes to getting into a relationship with someone with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD or similar mental health conditions: As mentioned above, it is likely that you have already encountered someone with mental health problems in your dating life.While the first people who come to mind might be those that went to the extreme, there’s a good chance that the person you’re thinking of wasn’t someone who fit into this category.And while I have a lifetime of experience dealing with these quirks of my body chemistry, total mastery will always evade me. Trying to navigate what to say when is a constant concern. People are allowed to want someone “normal,” just as I’m allowed to be upset that I can’t be that woman.
Even better, we seemed to have a “high-match percent.” To be sure, I checked some of the questions he answered, just in case. As someone who lives with dysthymia, or persistent mild depression, I struggle against this stigma.If someone you’re dating confides in you about dealing with a mental illness, listen to what they have to say without assuming that you know what they are dealing with and how this has altered their life. You spend the earlier parts of your relationship trying to “read” the other person; trying to make sure you’re both on the same page.A 2010 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 19.9 percent of adults in the U. reported having a mental health condition that year.That’s a pretty hefty chunk of the dating pool, not to mention the unreported cases and the probable addition of cases since that report was published.