Guys, Guys would you ever date a woman with a mental illness?

Like even if she was taking her medicine and taking care of herself or is it out of the question?

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  • There are so many different types of mental illnesses that it really just depends. It also depends on how she handles it. A woman that sometimes gets sad and withdrawn is a lot easier to handle, than a women that throws things at me during mood swings.

    In fact I would suggest that pretty much everyone has something wrong with them that could be called a mental illness if they went seeking a diagnoses. Finding a "perfect" brain with nothing wrong with it would be extremely rare.

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  • My answer would be that it would depend upon the nature of her mental illness.
    If it was depression and/or anxiety, that would be okay. I have walked with the black dog since I was a small child. I understand it and I know that it can be managed.
    If she was bipolar, or had some other psychotic condition, the answer would be a huge no.
    There are two reasons.
    One is that even with the best medication such conditions cannot be controlled completely. One hazard is that, when the symptoms are controlled, it is not uncommon for such patients to decide that they have been 'cured', so stop taking the medication. They fail to understand that there is no cure for their condition, which means that they have it for life. It can be controlled, not cured.
    My biggest objection is that such conditions are hereditary. I would not want to produce children who were prone to that form of mental illness.
    Here in Australia, the statistic released by the government is that a quarter of the adult female population are on some form of prescription psychiatric medication. Imagine how many there are out there who have not been diagnosed and/or medicated. It might not be unreasonable to state that half the adult female population had some form of psychiatric condition.
    In the common vernacular: there are a lot of crazy bitches out there.

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    • Well I certainly do have empathy for those who have real mental health issues. But in reality I'd have a difficult time dating a woman with those issues. I've hung out with women with those issues and it can be fun. But sometimes I have trouble dealing with my own stress and I can't have the added stress of handling mental health issues at home. I'd probably have to be medicated also. LOL...

      And I certainly agree with the hereditary aspect of it!! They could pass it on to their children, and also at the same time, not be able to be a good parent due to their illness.

    • @ArrowheadSW Um thats not true at all I am a wonderful parent. I have schizoaffective disorder.

    • That is great and I really have to hand it to you and anyone who is a good parent. But what I meant from my above comment (to give it more clarification), is that for a society as a whole, there are more difficulties raising a child or children for those with mental health issues. So being that the odds are stacked against us to an extent anyway, our issues can make it more difficult to cope with the stress of raising a child or a family. But I do have the utmost respect for ANYONE doing a good job of parenting. It is a tough job. As one friend told me, it can give you the BEST of times and also the worst of times, depending on the time... LOL...

  • That's a tricky situation. I'd be sympathetic and understanding, given I have my own problems, but at the same time I've dealt with other women with mental illnesses, and I didn't have a great experience. So I'd be reluctant.

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  • If I was in the dating world then yes I would but since I have given up because I am sick of being treated like shit for no good reason I don't date anymore. :(

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  • Seems like a big responsibility.. and not sure if I'm that sane myself, I don't think I'd have the skills to deal with the situations that might arise from something like that.

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  • i did
    and my answer now is no no no , NOOOOOO
    they are emotional manipulators
    advice to the guy ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun
    dont invest your emotions, wish your causalities are not permanent
    however a guy in the situation won't listen

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  • tried it before, it was a nightmare. I wouldn't do it again.

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  • Fuck yeah. Fucked up chicks are the best.

    One, they usually like fucked up sex. Two, there's something exciting about talking them down when they threaten to stab you

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  • It depends on the illness but it's not great when she gets extremely needy. Been there, can't recommend it.

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  • I think this really depends on what kind of illness she has. If it's bearable then I don't see why not.

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  • Probably not in the near future. My mum did not take meds or sought treat. There were many dark days in childhood. Both physical and mental scars haven't not faded. Ask again in 10 years

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