You know that feeling when you meet someone new and suddenly can’t stop thinking about this person. Your face is plastered with a conspicuous perma-grin. Whenever you’re together, the feeling intensifies. Everything seems better. You have a partner to get you through it all. On the opposite side we also know break-ups that can truly make you feel like you’ll never breathe again.
All of these relationships can be affected by mental disorders. Love and relationships are always the topics that lead to the most questions with young people.
This chapter covers a lot of the most common concerns:
- Surviving a break-up
- Destructive relationships
- You hate me, I hate me
- How to tell the person you love about a disorder
- Staying positive after a break-up
- What to do when you’re worried about a boyfriend/girlfriend
- Deciding to end an unhealthy relationship
- Moving beyond your scars
- The power of commitment
Love is a wonderful thing, but when you ad a mental disorder to the mix, sometimes all bets are off. That’s not to say that long-term relationships under these circumstances are impossible, but they can take more effort. As a result, however, you could end up building an even stronger and more resilient bond with your partner. Continue to learn as much as you can about each other, have patience and enjoy the process!