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Dating Someone with a Mental Illness

The topic of a person’s mental health issues has been taboo in the past, making it uncomfortable for some people to discuss. When someone who suffers from mental illness experiences pain, it’s so important to talk through their struggles either with a therapist or with a supportive loved one. With regard to romantic relationships, mental health should be discussed before things get serious. If your partner suffers from any mental illness, it’s important to understand the common signs and symptoms as well as ways to help them through the challenging times. If you are worried about saying the wrong thing or hurting your partner, this is normal. Our experts at Banyan Mental Health explain tips for dating someone with a mental illness and offer mental health treatment. This illness or condition should not be a reason to end the relationship. Two partners can love and support each other through the difficult times that come with a mental illness.

Navigating Mental Illness in a Relationship

Dating is a fun and exciting experience for two people as they are getting to know each other and figuring out if they’re compatible. Your partner’s struggles with mental illness may not come up immediately and when it does, we don’t want this to intimidate you or scare you away from the relationship. Having an open and honest conversation will help you to not only understand their struggles but find ways you can support this person as well. Follow these tips to more effectively navigate a relationship where mental illness is present.

  • You should not use your partner’s illness to label them as “crazy” or “unstable” as this is a common stereotype.
  • Ask questions to truly understand your partner’s struggles. Being this vulnerable with someone can be a major step in the relationship.
  • Find ways to help your partner maintain stability with a daily routine. If you can help your partner manage their symptoms with reminders, this support can go a long way.
  • Understand that there will be ups and downs and some days can be really tough for your partner. Your patience may be tested. By bringing positivity and support during these times you can help guide your partner out of a bad day.

While dating someone with a mental illness can place a heavy focus on your partner’s symptoms and needs, you must not lose yourself along the way. Remember to practice self-care and establish your wants and needs with your partner. Banyan Mental Health provides customized mental health treatment for all who suffer.

Contact us today at 888-280-4763 to learn more about the treatment services we offer.

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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