Dating and mental health
Dating and mental health - Online sex
A friend of mine recently went off of his medication for chronic dysthymia, and it was a disaster to his relationship with a woman he was dating.This has been part of a pattern of on-again/off-again with his medication for some time. He was very despondent and seemingly even contemplating suicide.
He was concerned that this may mean he was weak or defective. There should be no shame in seeking mental health guidance or treatment.I even noticed his road rage was less frequent on medication. He and this woman were doing just fine for about a month.He wasn't a "doped up zombie" as many people fear they may become on a medication; rather, he was normal. As a result of going off his celexa his moods came back. Being off his medication ruined several relationships since he was irritable and pessimistic. But then the honeymoon period wore off, the celexa was pretty much out of his system and his symptoms started kicking in.Unfortunately, the side effect of the medication was that he gained about 10-15 pounds. He split up with the woman he would be then dating. He suspected that she may be cheating on him after she canceled a date with him.He took the canceling of a date to be a very personal affront to him and disrespectful of his time.After a very heated text message exchange and followed by a phone call at 3-4 a.m. I said in a very gentle way that this pattern of "meeting a woman, things going well, and then his suspicions of her" keeps recurring in his relationships.
The woman he was (and as of this writing still is) dating was very put off by his aggression, which was really masking his insecurity. The concern he has with the current woman are the exact same accusations he made about other women he has dated.
He realized that he really screwed up with this woman.
Shame can be found if you don't take care of your self and seek help. " Or he would say, "You just don't do that to someone," to which I would say or think what was done is really not a big deal.
Off his medication, his relationships were always a source of anxiety and stress for him. However, once he was diagnosed with chronic dysthymia he went on celexa, and his relationships started to have more meaning.
They often resulted in obsessions about infidelity. He suddenly stopped being so suspicious of infidelity, and things that previously annoyed him started to roll off his shoulder.
He reported to me that people at his place of work even started to notice that he was pleasant to be around. At about the same time he went back on Match.com, where he met and started dating a woman.