“For the one with mental illness, there is the illness itself, plus a whole host of other feelings: the vulnerability that comes with letting someone truly see you as you are, the anger when they don’t get it, the guilt when they reassure you, the shame that you aren’t easily “fixed,” the fear that one day they’ll give up on you.
For the partner, there’s the confusion over what’s causing your partner to act in ways that often defy reason, the worry that they’ll hurt themselves, the disappointment when they break promises, the guilt when you remember it’s not their fault, the shame that tells you it’s your fault, the fear that one day they’ll give up on you.
But thousands of couples don’t give up.”
Go read their stories and see if you can see your own relationship in them. Then, know that you are not alone.