Dating can be an exciting time to get to know another person and find out if you’re compatible. If you have a mental illness, dating can bring on added stress at times because you may not know if you should share the details of your mental illness with them – and if so, when the best time would be. Avi Steinhardt, a licensed clinical social worker in New York, stated for The Huffington Post,

I can’t think of a romantic relationship where we don’t need to tell one another how we need to be loved, what our challenges are, our triggers, and our weaknesses.”

Our closest relationships are those in which we can be ourselves. This applies to relationships as well – telling someone about your mental illness is important, but it’s up to you as to how you disclose this information. The following are some tips to help you to this:

  1. When you feel comfortable with the person. Saying something too soon could place a barrier between you and the person you’re dating before you get a chance to really know each other – unless they’ve been upfront about their mental health concerns as well.
  2. When something has happened and it’s important for you to talk about it. When it comes to mental illness, symptoms can appear without us planning for them to. For instance, if you’re with your partner and you suddenly have a flashback – a moment of PTSD – it’s likely an appropriate time for you to talk about your mental illness after the event so that your partner knows what’s going on.
  3. When you’re feeling well. One of the best times that you can discuss your mental illness is when you’re feeling well. After all, you are more likely to explain it in a way that doesn’t intimidate them or distance them if you’re feeling confident in yourself.
  4. When you’ve become more serious with this person. If this person has marriage-potential, it’s important they know about what you go through so that they can be the best partner for you and vice versa.
  5. When they ask about it. If your partner asks about it, this likely means they are in a good place to discuss it. They may also want to talk about it with you because they are going through things of their own that they want to discuss – a terrific opportunity for both of you to build a stronger connection.

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