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Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who was mentally ill?
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Posted 7/28/15
I couldn't do it. Nothing wrong with people with illnesses, but I just can't provide any emotional support. I'm far from a sympathetic person so this sort of thing wouldn't work with me.
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A kid at my school broke up with a girl and she tried to kill herself. He was a nice guy but I feel really sad for the girl.
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My brother's wife has bi-polar disorder and my boss/friend is in a long term on again, off again relationship with a woman who has schitzophrenia. I have watched them both struggle to be with the person they love. If the love is there, everything else can be worked out.
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As someone who has gone through suicidal depressions in the past, I would certainly be open to it. In the end all I needed back then was someone to support me. I'm much better off now compared to how I was back then thankfully.
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If being religious but commiting sins according to that religion is a mental illness then yes.
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i'm mentally ill myself but i'm really good at controlling it so i'm actually pretty stable you could say. plus i don't have any illnesses that cause me to "lash out" so I don't think mine would really cause any problems
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Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/28/15
Yes, I was in a relationship with someone who was mentally ill. Early in the relationship the illness wasn't present or was undetected. As her mental state declined and her perscribed medicines ballooned It became too much for me. I worked very hard to maintain the relationship and to stay strong. However she became quite abusive and my personal mental state (which wasn't strong at the time) collapsed. As I fell and bottomed out I withdrew to my own strength and self improvement. As life improved I offered my assistance again, she lashed out abusively, held herself hostage with attempted suicide and began attempts to sabotage anything she could. It's cold, but I dumped her, best decision I've ever made.


**Edit, We lived together during most of this. We were quite poor and financially co-dependent. Every story has 3 sides, mine, hers and the truth.
Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/28/15
No but I'm really grumpy and a lot of little stuff bother me so i doubt they'd be able to stand me. I'd give it a go if they are entertaining but they must forgive me for i have my own moments where i'm very cold and distant because it's a lot more fun being in my head sometimes lol.
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Posted 7/28/15
No, but I think it'd be a really interesting ride. Dating a bipolar chick would be cool, I'd never get bored.
Posted 7/29/15
I have depression and I've never been able to seek treatment for it because my parents don't believe in mental illnesses, so during every relationship I was in I was mentally ill. I've gotten better through learning from others how to deal with it, still sucks, but whatever.
Posted 7/29/15
I wouldn't abandon them entirely, I may break off the relationship, but I would try to remain supportive and , if possible, be a friend .people forget that mental illness is not their fault, its neurological and genetic.

Also, important fact: most people with mental illness, including Schizophrenia, are NOT violent

A few that I know are wonderful people.

So please don't make blanket statements. People are a mixed bag.
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24 / M / USA
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Posted 7/29/15

DawnofSorrow wrote:

Also, important fact: most people with mental illness, including Schizophrenia, are NOT violent


^This

I have a friend who has Schizophrenia. If he's hurting anyone, it's himself.
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24 / M / St.Louis - USA
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Posted 7/29/15
If being crazy is a mental illness, then yes.
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49 / M / UK
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When I was in my 20's I had a relationship for 2 years with a woman with mental illness. The relationship was not that of a girlfriend / boyfriend but that of a sufferer and carer / entertainer.
There was virtually no give from her, only take, which is not surprising as that can be typical for some forms of mental illness.
There was no way I was going to walk away from her but after 2 years she was stable enough to not need me and I ended the relationship. At no time did I feel that only I could help her but I knew that leaving her earlier would have made her situation worse as she had come to depend on me for a lot of things.
We stayed in contact for years after the end of the relationship and she was doing fine - her condition had finally been diagnosed and she had found some meds which worked for her. I'm not sure what she's doing now as we drifted apart a few years ago.
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Posted 7/29/15 , edited 7/29/15
Well, I'd probably be the mentally ill one. Borderline personality disorder and psychotic depression. I'll probably never be in a relationship tbh. Women are a mixed bag of course, but wanting men who are confident and have it together is a pretty common theme among them, and self-confidence isn't something I can handle. All in all a woman wouldn't be getting much out of relationship with me.

That said if I met someone who was mentally ill herself I'd definitely give her a chance. It'd be really hypocritical not to.
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