On top of that, when we're in the grips of a panic attack, manic episode, or serious depression, it's hard for our partners to know what's really going on or what they can do to make it easier for us.Often, it turns out, less is more: All we need is someone to listen in a nonjudgemental way and remind us that everything will, actually, be okay.My mind swims with thoughts that he deserves so much better than what I have to offer. According to a survey conducted by Psych Guides, 35% of people who have mental health disorders feel they aren't good enough for their partners. Societal stigmas around mental illness are alive and well -- and hurting our ability to have healthy relationships.I feel horrible shame that my partner has to deal with my anxiety, even when his love and support give me no logical reason to feel this way.Often, and unfairly, I express those feelings by picking fights with him -- over problems I've created because of my own self-doubts.
I may not be “normal,” and yes, I found a spoon in my pillowcase last night, but I’m incredible.
I've struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of life.