Dating relationships mental and emotional health
This is a question myself and my graduate student, Marie-Eve Boucher, set out to answer during a recently completed research study published in the .
In this study, we interviewed a range of people with mental illnesses, such as major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, to learn more about their dating and romantic experience. Only 15 percent of participants were currently involved in a romantic relationship.
For example, one stated that she had started dating someone, and it was going well.
Then he found her medications, and she never heard from him again. This was especially so for those with more severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, who tended to receive low-income or welfare.
But so many people in their "compassion" insist that I continually suffer with no avenue for improvement.
People need to realize that some of us just can't be saved and let us have the relief we desire.
Certain evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy, lend themselves well to supporting clients in this regard.
That said, clinicians can explore and support clients’ relationship goals during routine consults (if this is a client priority).
Finally, some participants stated that they had previously been in toxic relationships, or experienced messy break-ups, both of which had considerably worsened their mental illness.
This meant they tended to avoid the dating world, fearful that new romantic entanglements might lead to further deterioration in their mental illness.
But people with mental illness often report considerable discrimination in the dating market.
This is another silent stigma that must be addressed. The relationship with a person with depression is hard to keep motivated, and happy.