Certain evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy, lend themselves well to supporting clients in this regard.Romance and dating are an integral part of our culture, as witnessed by the ever-expanding array of dating apps, which more and more people are using with much merriment and mirth.Dating for a female can be dangerous, but the statistics of abuse and murder for women with severe mental illnesses are terrifying. Also, there are real diseases out there and the last thing I need to compound my problems is a child. Some might think me paranoid, but I think self protection is a form of self love. This is a question myself and my graduate student, Marie-Eve Boucher, set out to answer during a recently completed research study published in the .In this study, we interviewed a range of people with mental illnesses, such as major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, to learn more about their dating and romantic experience. Only 15 percent of participants were currently involved in a romantic relationship.Even when things are going right, the person with depression focused in a negative event that occurred in her/his life, making the happy moment bad.Usually, I try to say positive things letting her know why she should be happy, but sometimes she tend to drag me down making me feel that is my fault.
Being ‘coupled-up’ is one of the most normative and desirable social roles in western societies.Dating and love sound great in theory, but with people having so many options available these days at the touch of an app, I don't think I stand much of a chance of finding someone emotionally mature enough to handle my illness. I replace friends and lovers with hobbies and books and might consider a therapeutic animal in the future. Every day, millions of people use dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble, and Plenty of Fish in a strenuous effort to find ‘the one’.But do people with mental illness face specific barriers or issues when searching for romance?