Putting yourself out there, being vulnerable and open to the possibility of love, can be quite a scary thing — we all know the risk of heartbreak, but also the possibility to learn, grow, and make a truly special connection. Having a mental illness can mean the thought of dating is even more daunting — will they understand? Even though one in four of us will be living with mental illness at any one time, feeling anxious about sharing your mental health experiences with a potential love interest is completely natural. I feared a lack of understanding about my symptoms. We spoke about my symptoms extensively over time, and he is now a brilliant support to me. Mental illness can often leave you feeling lonely, and sometimes this leads you to feel that you need to find a partner quickly.
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In my experience, one of the most frustrating challenges about living with a mental illness is that the seemingly small things in life are often the most difficult. Take a first date, for example… or just trying to get a first date. She lives with bipolar II, schizoaffective disorder, and complex post-traumatic-stress disorder. When everything is uncertain and depends on how the chemicals in your brain are interacting with each other, the equation of trying to balance life with a mental illness is a messy one.
Peace-It-Together Counseling Agency provides prevention and intervention counseling services to at-risk youth, and offers affordable mental health care services to vulnerable populations in our community. We recognize many people do not have the necessary insurance to seek mental health services. PIT intentionally offers lower fee counseling to: individuals, children, teens, couples and the older-aging population to help those who would not ordinarily be able to afford counseling.