Dating with mental illness
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Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.A recent study by the UK mental health charity Time To Change found that 57% of single people would not date someone with a mental illness.
I grew up scared of relationships because I was scared I would never be enough. It wasn’t until about two years later, when I was recovered, that I started dating my first and current boyfriend.Personally, I feel that if you’re single during a very difficult time of your mental health, it’s best to focus on yourself.At that point I had never even had a boyfriend in my life, which is bad enough, so why would I look like a great candidate when I’m severely depressed?Not to mention I barely even see my friends, so obviously I’m definitely not meeting any new people.My confidence was so low, my social skills felt inadequate and I was barely able to take a daily shower.
There’s just so many reasons why that was a ridiculous suggestion to me, but I’ll stop myself here.Finding a partner should be the last thing on your mind, unless you happen to randomly meet the right person during a difficult time; sometimes life just happens and things can’t be avoided.I strongly believe in that saying, “You have to love yourself, before you love anyone else.” You shouldn’t have to rely on someone else to be your complete source of happiness and purpose.Yes, a partner does bring happiness, but it shouldn’t be your only source.Once you have become a bit more stable with your mental health and have more self-confidence, then maybe start dating if that’s something you want.To your surprise, you might even find out that the other person has even bigger issues than you.