Many relationships experience ups and downs. But when one or both partners are dealing with mental issues, things get more difficult. Living with a mental illness daily or having a mentally ill partner may have different effects on your relationship.
It’s a fact that disagreements are inevitable in any relationship. But if you and your partner are fighting more frequently than usual, it may be helpful to seek support and advice through counseling. Not just counseling, you may even get related support services to strengthen the bond with your partner. Violence, however, is never acceptable in a relationship.
Here are the first few signs of a relationship where a partner is suffering from a sort of mental illness.
The Signs To Watch Out For
A person with a mental illness must deal with their overwhelmingly strong emotions. The affected people frequently find it difficult to express their feelings or may downplay whatever is going on out of guilt and fear of being abandoned. When a partner of a person with a mental illness realises that the effects of the disease are not the partner’s fault, communication can become strained and superficial. On top of that, such situations can cause feelings of guilt to grow and fester as a result. The solution lies in having open lines of communication between you and your significant other. That way, you’ll maintain complete transparency. Nothing is more detrimental to a relationship than when one or both partners are unaware of “what is going on”.
One typical dynamic in relationships where at least one partner has a mental illness is that the “healthier” partner will devote a lot of time to caring for the sick partner. And this care-time goes high when both people are still in the early stages of the relationship. When the caregiving partner neglects their needs and starts to experience burnout, issues start to rear their head. Resentment, irritability, explosive tempers, and infidelity are the symptoms of burnout. Another issue is the afflicted partner experiencing a sense of helplessness without the caregiver partner. Co-dependency that is unhealthy can fester and harm the relationship. You and your partner must establish reasonable, healthy boundaries to prevent resentment and burnout. The solution lies in seeking professional help so that the afflicted partner doesn’t remain affected for a long period of time.
The Bottom Line
It’s always crucial to remember that every relationship experiences difficulty. However, getting in touch with mental health specialists might be a good idea if the symptoms worsen. Connecting with a relationship counselor is the way forward if you and your partner need additional support.
So, now, you know a thing or two about how to prioritize and manage mental health. You should remember not to make light of your or your partner’s mental health. We’ve talked enough for now. And it’s your turn to let us know whether you know someone who has suffered from mental health while being in a relationship. Drop your thoughts in the comments below. We’re eager to read your story!