Home » Health » Diseases and Conditions

How To Date With Mental Illness

Aug 3, 2008
For people suffering with mental illnesses the world can be a lonely place. The feeling of isolation can complicate many of the issues and symptoms of mental illness. When a person suffering with mental illnesses is single the feeling of being alone can be even more overwhelming. Dating and relationships are stressful enough in normal situations, and that stress can make it nearly impossible for a person suffering mental illness to feel they will ever be able to find a partner.

It doesn't have to be that way. There are many ways to find new relationships and make them work even if you suffer a mental illness. There are even dating services specifically designed for people with mental illnesses. Such services can be helpful as they reduce the stress and anxiety of worrying over explaining your situation to strangers.

Whether you meet someone at a party, at work, at a dating service, or on the street making a first date is an anxious situation for anyone. Realizing that you're not alone in that fear is a big step to overcoming the anxiety. It is helpful if the person you are approaching knows who you are and understand your condition. That's why some of the dating services that specialize in helping people with mental illnesses meet others are so helpful. But if the person you are poaching doesn't know about your condition it's still okay. Don't make a huge issue of it. While it is important to disclose these issues to people who are potentially going to be involved with you, it's as much a part of you as the type of closure wearing for your choice of hair style but it is no bigger and the issue either.
It's a part of what makes us who we are, and that's not good or bad, it's just a fact. Be an active part of your social life. Don't be afraid to get out there and meet people. Don't let the feeling of being ashamed or the fear of being teased stop you from finding a loving relationship. Realizing that everybody has these fears can help alleviate some of the tension.

Just like everybody else you have to realize you're going to be rejected occasionally. This can happen for a number of reasons not just mental illnesses. However, when you have a mental illness it's easy to focus on that as a source of their rejection. You've heard the expression you have to squeeze a lot of lemons to make lemonade; the same can be said for dating mental illness or not.

Once you've found Mrs. or Mr. Right, knowing your own limitations is an important part of dealing with the stress of a new relationship. The feeling of being rushed can add to stress and anxiety. So if you feel a relationship is moving faster than is comfortable for you don't be afraid to slow it down.
Once you've decided to take that first step toward finding someone to share your life with your realize it's not as daunting as it first seems. All the trials and tribulations of any normal relationship are the same the difference is you're being able to handle them. Knowing yourself and your abilities will go a long way in handling the anxieties to come along with all baiting situations. Finding true love is worth all of them. Be honest an up-front and you will find the person perfect for you. You don't have to go through life alone. You can find a partner to share your life with and experience the joys and happiness of the solid relationship while dealing with your mental illness.
About the Author
Ronen David is the chairman of "Malam" (an Israeli organization supporting and representing those dealing with mental disabilities). He is the author of the "How to Cope With Psychosis & Schizophrenia Self Help Handbook".
Visit his web site and learn Coping With Mental Illness
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources