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Because your mental health deserves expert care. In a world where stress, anxiety, and life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, our team of experienced therapists is here to be your compass in the storm. Please don’t go through these struggles alone; let us help you find your way to calmer shores. Connect with us today, and together, we’ll work towards building a stronger and happier you.

Intimate Relationships

Living with a mental health condition can make you wonder about sharing it with a significant other. If you’re single, you might worry about how it could affect your chances of finding love. However many people with serious mental illnesses have strong, supportive relationships.

A good relationship can provide valuable support during tough times, while a bad one can worsen your symptoms, especially in cases of depression. Here, we answer common questions about romantic relationships for those with mental health conditions.

Should I Share With My Partner About My Condition?
Some people hesitate to share their mental health condition due to stigma and misconceptions. But if you want a long-term relationship, you’ll eventually need to share important health information. It’s crucial for mutual support during health crises. In an existing relationship, it’s better to share your condition while you’re well rather than hide it until a crisis happens.

In a new relationship, you’re not obligated to reveal your health history right away, but as it gets more serious, consider having this conversation.

How Do I Talk About My Mental Health?
If you’re worried about disclosing your condition, remember that many people with mental illnesses have healthy relationships. Your partner likely values the qualities that helped you thrive despite your condition. Sharing your history shows both your challenges and strengths.

Some people might not know how to react, but reactions vary. Some may not see it as a big issue, while others might struggle and end the relationship. It’s a good reason not to delay your disclosure. Most people will initially react with uncertainty or curiosity but can become more supportive as they learn more.

When you’re ready to talk, choose a time when you’re not in the midst of strong emotions or symptoms. You can start with a “process talk” or use a “sandwich” approach – begin with positive remarks about your relationship, then inform your partner, and end on a positive note by explaining your treatments and what you’ve learned.

You can also provide books or websites with more information for your partner to review.

How Can I Start a New Relationship?
Living with a mental health condition can make dating challenging, especially when dealing with mood swings, impulsive behavior, or social anxieties. To attract a new romantic partner, think about the qualities you seek and how you can develop them. By showcasing your positive traits, you increase your chances of meeting like-minded individuals. Remember, you deserve a loving and healthy relationship.

What About the Impact on Intimacy?
Mental illness can affect your sex life. Some medications may reduce desire or hinder sexual function. Discuss these side effects with your partner and consult your doctor. Don’t stop medication without medical advice.

In the long run, not managing your condition properly can harm your relationship more than sexual side effects. Work with your doctor to find the right treatment. Certain medications have fewer sexual side effects.

As you and your doctor address the impact on your sex life, express love and affection in non-sexual ways. Remember, these side effects aren’t your fault, and they’re temporary.