Talking to your Partner About Mental Health
Many people who are already in a romantic relationship find it difficult to talk to their partner about their mental health. However, as a relationship becomes long-term, it can be beneficial to share about yourself. By being open with your partner, they can better support you and your needs.
If you are feeling afraid to open the dialogue about mental health with your partner, focus on all the qualities and parts of your personality that they love. It can be helpful to remind yourself of this. Sharing your mental health challenges also will give your partner insight into your strengths. Creating an open conversation can help your partner get to know you better and also may encourage them to share.
Your partner may respond to learning about your mental illness with uncertainty or curiosity. If you are comfortable, invite these questions and answer them with honesty. Your partner may have been caught off guard, but their questions don’t mean that they don’t accept you.
If your partner does react to your mental illness negatively, that is okay too. It is better to know your partner’s true feelings about mental health conditions than living in secret. If they cannot accept you with your mental illness, then they are likely not the person for you. You deserve to be loved fully regardless of any illness.