And I won’t settle for someone who sees me as any less.I was checking out a guy’s profile on a dating site. If you’ve never had any mental illness, who wants to date a crazy person?Younger Maria would have admonished herself for days. Because if a man requires me to have a “normal” brain or would not enjoy me crying during cranberry juice commercials, our relationship could never work.I may not be “normal,” and yes, I found a spoon in my pillowcase last night, but I’m incredible.We are a welcoming community that understands the trials and pitfalls of managing a mental illness.Find friends or seek romantic relationships knowing that everyone on this site has some form of mental illness. Boy were they expensive and when I did get a date (didn't happen a lot) things got complicated when it came to disclosing my illness.
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. You spend the earlier parts of your relationship trying to “read” the other person; trying to make sure you’re both on the same page.Then, once you’ve passed that phase, it’s on to really getting to know the other person.After all, 1 in 10 people throughout the world will fall into this category in their lifetime, and the more we pretend we don’t know someone in this group, the more we build on the stigma surrounding it.Here are some things to think about when it comes to getting into a relationship with someone with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD or similar mental health conditions: As mentioned above, it is likely that you have already encountered someone with mental health problems in your dating life.