That’s a pretty hefty chunk of the dating pool, not to mention the unreported cases and the probable addition of cases since that report was published.Mental health conditions come in far too many forms—depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, autism and Asperger’s, those that don’t immediately come to mind and so many layers within each of those conditions—to try to come up with a one-size fits all approach for how to deal with dating someone who is mentally ill.I mean you need to understand how your partner has learned to deal with his or her condition as an individual.The way in which two individuals can deal with identical conditions can be anything but identical.“I can’t handle this,” you might think to yourself. The main thing to remember is that, in most cases, your partner’s illness does not define him or her. It is another layer that you must now decide whether or not you can not only tolerate, but accept and live with. The best way to know how best to deal with the harder days is to learn as much as you can about your partner’s condition.I am not only talking about what Web MD has to say about it.We want men to get help so they can be happy, healthy and contribute to our community instead of living in shame.
The first thing that may come to mind when you first learn of your partner’s condition is to opt out. The answer is, you’ve gotten yourself into a relationship that you now realize may have a few additional obstacles, but what relationship doesn’t experience its hurdles anyway? That really depends on the nature of the condition as well as its severity.You will see your partner at his or her highest highs and lowest lows, maybe irrational, lethargic, erratic, manic, aloof or incoherent.These are only a handful of the mixture of emotions and dispositions that may be found in just one condition, not to speak of an array. I can guarantee to you that your partner wishes things were different, that you didn’t have to see him or her like this.We have to tell everyone a man can receive help and not be thought of as weak.