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partners of those who suffer from a psychiatric disorder
Several people have asked me if it's alright for them to join the community if they are involved with someone who is mentally ill, but are also suffering from a psychiatric disorder themselves. I've given it some thought. The truth is that we need this community to grow, and the last thing I want is to turn away people who feel like they can benefit from it.

Here's the way I see it.Collapse )

But this group was made for those who are in a relationship with someone who is suffering from a psychiatric disorder. As long as members understand the goals of the community and aren't here to talk about their own mental health issues, they are welcome to join and contribute. I hope you all agree.

For those who have joined and to the ones who are about to, I'm grateful to have you here, and I am looking forward to seeing your posts.
23rd-Aug-2006 03:04 pm - The great unveiling ;)
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. :)
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