Another blog I read has me thinking a lot. Because I'm me and I live my life and probably because of my experiences with psychiatric patients I have a very strong, firm belief that some, not all, but some, severely mentally ill people can live extremely normal lives. I know that it is possible to respond to meds even after psychosis and live a fairly normal, medicated existence. I know from my own life, it's possible to have a lot wrong and still live normally.
I've been kind of stunned to learn from this blog (not one related to mental illness) that all the readers who have discussed this in the comments think that severe mental illness automatically means it is going to be very hard to have a good relationship with someone and they laugh at the idea of dating someone with mental illness.
But what makes a mentally ill person totally ineligible to be loved that way? Am I missing something? Because I know that for me there are certainly mentally ill people I would not mix myself up with, and I actually had to very forcefully eject a friend from my life because her mental illness caused me too many huge problems, but there are many, many people who are without any mental illness who I would stay far, far away from.
Right now I feel like I've just learned that there is no hope for yet another thing in life. And I find it so unfair. I asked and I wanted honest answers, but I didn't expect that NOBODY would agree that there is any chance I could be worth dating. Which makes me wonder how far that goes. Does that mean I'm not worth being friends with? Not worth talking to? Is it scary to share space with me? Where does this stop?