Putting yourself out there, being vulnerable and open to the possibility of love, can be quite a scary thing — we all know the risk of heartbreak, but also the possibility to learn, grow, and make a truly special connection. Having a mental illness can mean the thought of dating is even more daunting — will they understand? Even though one in four of us will be living with mental illness at any one time, feeling anxious about sharing your mental health experiences with a potential love interest is completely natural. I feared a lack of understanding about my symptoms. We spoke about my symptoms extensively over time, and he is now a brilliant support to me. Mental illness can often leave you feeling lonely, and sometimes this leads you to feel that you need to find a partner quickly.
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This may be because nearly four years later, it hardly seems relevant. But then, it was surely profound. I am lucky that thanks to professional treatment, an array of coping mechanisms, and an impressive support system, my mental illness — it actually feels weird to use those words — is pretty much under control. Many people who suffer from mental illnesses, whether they fall at the mild or serious end of the spectrum, would agree that their diseases are part of who they are. And in a healthy relationship, you open up, albeit gradually, down to your core. This necessitates sharing your history, present, and speculated future of mental illness.
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Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues during the coronavirus outbreak is more important than ever. I have been in and out of psychiatric hospital since In , during my second spell in hospital, I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. At the present time I am living in the community in supported housing and I am taking medication a depot injection , which does have some side effects but is not too troublesome compared to some of the other antipsychotics I have taken.
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