Dating someone with mental illness

They are judged, disrespected and made into pariahs.They fear rejection from others, who may be afraid of the mentally ill, so the mentally ill person may feel overwhelmed by the thought of attempting to form new friendships. Or, they may make a great effort to conceal their condition from others, which results in additional stress from worrying about their true condition being discovered.The research says in contrast, just 10 per cent of the general population reported feelings of loneliness.

Another reason the person with mental illness may experience social isolation is the nature of their mental illness.

Social phobias like agoraphobia, or severe anxiety or depression often cause the suffering person to be afraid to venture out into society.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you are not alone.

Many people experience similar struggles, and there are resources available to help.

Keep in mind that your spouse doesn't like how he or she is feeling or acting any better than you do.

Remember you are dealing with the symptoms of an illness.

Many people with severe psychiatric disabilities say that the stigma associated with their illness is as distressing as the symptoms themselves.

This stigmatization not only prevents them from interacting with others, but may prevent them from seeking treatment, which in turn exposes them to a greater risk of suicide.

By the nature of the illness, your spouse or partner may not be the best judge of their current mental state.

You may need to seek medical help on your spouse's behalf.

Social isolation is also sometimes due to the unwillingness of others to befriend the mentally ill. The stigma associated with mental illness creates huge barriers to socialization.