Dating relationships on mental health
Usually it’s not first date conversation – unless you want to it to be; but it’s hard to say beyond that.If it looks like it’s going to be a long-term relationship, it’s likely you’ll want to tell them at some point and it’s better to tell them when you are well, rather than waiting until you’re unwell.At Medibank, it’s not just your physical health we care about. If you’re looking for more information on mental health and the health issues that matter most to young people, click here. Having mental illness complicates being in a relationship – romantic or otherwise – as I become insecure, overcautious of how I present myself and operate out of fear to sabotage anything good happening in these relationships. My longest is with my best friend since our freshmen year of college.And remember, you can share as much or as little as you like.After you’ve had that conversation try to “encourage your partner to talk about anything that worries or upsets them, and answer their questions openly and honestly” says Colman.
It doesn’t have to be a traumatic conversation, but it can help if you explain some of your triggers, what happens when you feel bad, and how you cope with it all.
It means a lot if you could just listen and try to understand”.
After you’ve prepared your partner, it’s time to move on to the specific problem.
It goes without saying, the right person will accept you for who you are.
And remember, there are many people who have or have had a mental health condition in long, happy supportive relationships.
Nearly half of us experience a mental health problem at some time in our lives, and one in five experience a mental health problem each year.