Mental illness causes emotional behavior, however, not every mood change or situation should be blamed on it.
It is important to eliminate mental illness from the conversation, and reflect on your own actions, as well as your partners. Remember that the stigma of mental illness leads to feelings of nervousness, guilt and shame in any type of relationship, especially a romantic one.
As someone diagnosed with Bipolar II, it is difficult to be vulnerable in love. Here are 17 things you should know about dating a girl with mental illness.
She does not expect you to be a book of knowledge about mental illness or a licensed psychologist.
It’s hard with anyone, but it’s especially hard with someone that you fancy and want to go out with.
Still, here are a few suggestions for how to try to make it work with a significant other who is struggling, or how to let them go. Some days will be effortless, and others may be draining.
The first thing that may come to mind when you first learn of your partner’s condition is to opt out. The answer is, you’ve gotten yourself into a relationship that you now realize may have a few additional obstacles, but what relationship doesn’t experience its hurdles anyway? That really depends on the nature of the condition as well as its severity.
People with mental illness are professionals, educated, well traveled, and have close relationships. A person’s character and accomplishments should be recognized before their condition. It is more important to have someone listen and be present, than constantly trying to give advice.
Professionals are obligated to give advice, not you.