Mental illness and dating
Your partner may have never been with anyone in your situation, or they may think they know and have no idea.
Five years ago, I would have not even mentioned counseling because I always felt it was something rich people did.
The site says, You need this information to support each other through health crises.
If you're in a long-term relationship, it's better to disclose your health condition when you are well than to conceal it until an acute episode.
I also asked for one who specialized in "identity" and also required I be assigned a therapist of color.
Walking into that first therapy session, I had no clue what to expect, but I sat in her seat and forced myself to open up.
I also didn't see it as such a helpful tool that I would recommend everyone try. Six weeks of therapy (I'm going back, promise) changed my life and helped me get through the tough time I had when trying to finish grad school, navigate my relationship, survive living in New York City and sort my feelings out about all of the racism I experience and witness every single day.
It's so hard to adequately care for yourself and dish out attention to your partner at the same time.
Today, I know that was the best decision and definitely why I graduated on time.
Counseling is still a privilege not everyone has access to, so double check your health care package to see if it covers therapy.