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Loving Someone with Mental Illness

Photo taken by a woman in New Jersey who battles the ups and downs of bipolar disorder. She is a wife and mother who enjoys taking photos and helping other people, even when times are tough.

About this photo: “I shot this photograph of a friend of mine who recently got engaged. They are the sweetest couple and I know they will be so happy together. As someone who suffers from mental illness, love is hard for me. I am married and have a child who I adore, and yet I often feel unlovable and at times incapable of even experiencing love. To me, love is not all about hearts and roses, it’s about being there for each other through the difficult times. I am so lucky that I have someone who stands by me, even when I get agitated and angry, and yell at him for no reason. Even when I can’t get up off the couch. Even when I don’t shower. It takes a special kind of person to love someone with mental illness – someone understanding, compassionate and with the determination to make it to the finish line of a most harrowing race that seemingly never ends. I am very grateful that I have found someone like that who loves me even when I don’t feel worthy of it, and I am grateful that this friend has found one too.”

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12 comments on “Loving Someone with Mental Illness

  1. Syncopated Eyeball
    January 26, 2013

    Yes indeed to all you say. And your picture is full of love.

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  2. adriana
    January 26, 2013

    a beautiful story.. thank you for sharing!

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  3. bipolaronfire
    January 26, 2013

    How wonderful..for both of you. I hope someday to find someone to love…and to love me. I sometimes feel like that’s a very tall order.

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  4. Zen
    January 26, 2013

    That is love beyond reason. The understanding of the situation is deep. 🙂 I am happy for you.

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  5. smalltownsymphony13
    January 26, 2013

    Reblogged this on smalltownsymphony and commented:
    beautiful

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  6. seeker
    January 27, 2013

    Love has no boundaries.

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  7. grumpytyke
    January 27, 2013

    Reblogged this on Grumpytyke and commented:
    I rarely open reblogs and I have never reblogged something before – it seems to me that it is a lazy way of blogging – but following my post of 25 January I found this such a thought-provoking post, with a beautifully evocative picture, I decided I had to get it out to my small audience.

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  8. DeeDee
    January 27, 2013

    Reblogged this on Disorderly Chickadee and commented:
    Love is a beautiful thing, regardless of the illnesses and gifts of each person.

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  9. livingbipolarlife
    January 27, 2013

    You’ve said it beautifully

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  10. Anna
    January 27, 2013

    I didn’t have a husband like this and my marriage ended 13 years ago when I could no longer handle the stress of never measuring up to what he wanted me to be and left. It has taken me these 13 years to get over the guilt of this and the words “I often feel unlovable” ring so clear with me as someone with bipolar disorder type 2. I am finally understanding that some people just cant go the distance with you and forgiving myself and him. I have an amazing brother-in-law and sister-in-law who love my sister and brother unconditionally and I am finally starting to understand what I have to wait for at 50 🙂 Beautiful photo…I am an artist /photographer as well and I am now following you!!

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  11. Ziya Tamesis
    January 27, 2013

    This is so beautiful. I am so grateful for my fiance, the patience and love he shows me every day, especially when my depression makes it hard for me to love him in return. This post is such a wonderful tribute to the people who make life with mental illness worth the struggle.

    I’m so glad I found this blog! Following!

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  12. luro97
    January 27, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your story. I thank the stars everyday for my wife. I learned my first day in treatment about honesty in all things. I told her I was a recovering alcoholic and she showed me nothing but love. To be loved like you say in your story is a blessing.

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