To deny that would be to deny a piece of ourselves and the relationships we build with people we love.
But we also can't ignore the way those disorders can complicate things — especially when it comes to getting close to someone else.
Depression has threatened every single one of my romantic relationships at one point or another.
For a long time, I didn't have a name for how I felt and definitely no clue about how to manage it.
He was nerdy, clean-cut, and very easy on the eyes. Many people think of mental illness in extremes and stereotypes, i.e., depressed people never get out of bed or those with OCD will never leave the bathroom.
Your partner might also feel additional stress since dating someone with a mental illness has its own difficulties and requires more patience.
But you aren't destined to be alone or unworthy of love just because of the mental illness that you're fighting.
It's estimated that one in four people in the world will deal with a mental illness at some point in life.
And although those disorders don't totally define us, they are still a huge part of our lives, often affecting the way we relate to other people.