Topics: Alabama Public Health Training Network (ALPHTN) Webcasts
Dating can be difficult for anyone: what to wear, what to say, or what to do are all common grievances in the dating scene. Once we're in a committed relationship, communication problems, trust issues, and conflict can arise, but those with a mental illness have an added complication and may need to approach dating differently. For example, when is the right time to reveal to a partner that we've been diagnosed with a disorder?
In the U.S, approximately one in five adults are affected by mental health conditions every year. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, yet they’re highly treatable. Although mental disorders do not define people, they often influence the way they relate to other people, especially in relationships.
PsychGuides, a company that provides surveys and guides on psychological disorders, has shed light on the impact of mental illness on romantic relationships, like when to tell someone about a diagnosis.