The past months have been a pretty bumpy ride for my girlfriend and me, and although we're still going strong and are as close and in love as ever, I have come to realize that I can definitely use some help coping with the strain that the bipolar disorder she suffers from puts on our relationship. I can recall countless times where I wanted to post what was going on and what was in my head on livejournal, only to decide against it because I was afraid I would give my friendslist the wrong idea. (I am not in a bad situation; I am not unhappy.) After looking for support groups in my area and coming up with none, I began looking online. An interest search on livejournal turned up hundreds of communities for people who suffer from psychiatric problems themselves, but a surprising zero that were aimed specifically toward their partners.
I am starting this community hoping it will become a support group for people who are in an intimate relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Eating disorders, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, social phobia, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, depression, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, everything goes. The primary goal of the community is to provide well partners - those who are romantically involved with someone suffering from a psychiatric disorder, but are not mentally ill themselves - with a place where they can share their experiences, exchange helpful information and receive support in times when it is needed. This community will offer its members valuable advice, support and a safe place to vent and be taken seriously. It should eventually serve to help those of us who are in a relationship with someone suffering from a psychiatric disorder to feel less isolated and more empowered.
Welcome, everyone. Please remember to read the community info before you join and to introduce yourself in a seperate post before you begin contributing to the discussion. Let's get started. :)
- mood:hesitantly optimistic