Finding love when you have an illness is not impossible
To cope, you have to begin to understand that the shame you encounter, the overwhelming feelings of anxiety, the fear that something terrible will happen in your relationship, and the intense intrusive thoughts that mar your mind are simply byproducts of an illness.
Recognizing these issues, seeking professional help, and having a partner who loves and supports you every step of the way is the healthy way to find balance. You can't have a loving relationship where there are secrets. We all possess traits other people find undesirable -- the trick in dating is to find people who love and accept us wholly: idiosyncrasies, illnesses, imperfections, and all.
"I think sufferers need to remember you are not your disorder," Harvey says. "Respect yourself. Show your vulnerability."
Try to remind yourself that this illness does not dictate who you are as a human being; it is only a part of the amazing, complicated person that you are. "There may be short-term consequences if you speak openly about mental health," Harvey tells us. "But in the long term, your honesty will lead you to the right relationships, the right partner, and a better version of you."