I'm talking depression, body dismorphia disorder, bipolar, anxiety... But not as an everyday term but as in someone who suffers from a clinical mental disorder
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I'm sorry to say I don't think I could do it. I grew up under a mother with undiagnosed depression and a martyr complex. Seeing what she put my father through, being subject to her screaming sessions (not to mention suicide scares and a few other outstanding incidents), and having no other examples to look at growing up put me off of the idea of partnering at all. I never dated in high school, never dated in college, finally realized after I started living on my own that not all women are like that and a relationship is something I very badly want, and have stumbled about clueless as to how to find it ever since. My only relationship to date, I'm sure many wouldn't even count it as such - it lasted eight months, but it was both online and extremely long distance. We never met in person, and just over a month ago she cut contact without warning or explanation.
I cannot subject myself again to what my mother put me through. I don't expect the woman I love to be my therapist and I'll take as much of this as I can to my grave, but I hope and pray to find someone more level-headed than her.0