How do you tell people you have mental health issues other issues
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:07 PM
Personally, I think there should never be a need to disclose anything about your mental illness unless it affects the other person directly or puts them at risk. I might understand if you hid being HIV positive or if you turned into a werewolf on the full moon, but saying 'I have a mental illness and it is called...' is just putting a name to something that you would hope they were already aware of if they actually spent much time with you.
Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:52 PM
Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:31 PM
I wouldn't be completely honest about it until there's need to, but sometimes it's nice to be able to talk things through with those closest to you, especially when you're going through a tough time. Being in a relationship means sharing things about yourself, and if sharing your mental illness with them means you've got someone to lean on and someone that understands, I can only see it as a good thing.
Anyone who breaks it off because you have a mental illness is not worth being with in the first place, you want someone who is there for you.
Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:59 PM
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Einstein
Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:01 PM
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:19 PM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:27 AM
From then I haven't told anyone new, but I think if you're in a relationship with someone you need to be able to fully trust them and the idea is that they know everything about you and vice versa. What is a relationship if you can't tell them everything?! It also could come up and something happen, and it's good for the other half to understand what's happening to be able to help you through it if you do have another hard time or whatever. I've had a really tough time recently but because we've both been at uni I haven't told my boyfriend yet (we were at separate unis 4 hours away), but now we're both back home and graduating I feel I need and want to explain everything to him, and I know he'll be fine with it. If anything, it will explain a few things!
I don't think you need to tell someone on a first date, but when it matters and you feel comfortable with that person, there shouldn't be a problem.