These 10 simple tips can help make dating a bit easier. With greater awareness about depression, the stigma of mental illness has diminished somewhat.
If you’re depressed, dating can magnify some of your challenges, such as fatigue, irritability, low self-esteem, and reduced libido. Therapy and/or medication use is common and often very successful.
Life as a single person offers many rewards, including learning how to build a healthy relationship with yourself.
However, if you’re ready to share your life with someone and want to build a lasting, worthwhile relationship, life as a single person can also be very frustrating.
There are general parameters of symptoms, but they can vary wildly from person to person.2. Part of having bipolar can be what is called "anosognosia," a weird word for a simple idea: a mentally ill person who's unable to perceive that they are ill.
This means a huge part of bipolar is that, when your partner most needs help, they will be least likely to look for or accept it.
Chances are, there are people who will be in both groups.
Jill*, a 33-year-old from New York City, knows that finding Mr.
Right also means telling him that she has bipolar disorder.
Though she takes medication to manage her condition, she still lives with residual symptoms: She has trouble sleeping for more than two hours at a time, and can't shake her cigarette habittraits that she feels a date might question.
“Its the smoking and lack of sleeping; its hard to share your life with someone when you need to explain further why you do these things,” she says.