All of us strive to have a good relationship with everyone and everything in this world. A person’s success and fulfillment are often measured by the kind of relationship he or she has with his or her partner. However, maintaining a smooth sailing relationship is easier said than done. We are all born differently, and such dissimilarities often lead to disharmony in the relationships and sexual problems.

Unhealthy relationships can lead to mental illness; but in most cases, it’s the other way around. Mental illness is a serious disease or psychological condition that can influence a person’s emotions, behavior and mental function.  Mental illness, relationship and sex life are three relevant matters. A bad relationship can lead to serious mental illness; and serious mental troubles give rise to stressful relationships and can negatively affect a person’s sex drive.

Factors that impede a couple’s ability to have a healthy relationship include;

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Physical abuse
  • Frequent arguments
  • Insecurity Attachment
  • Life’s pressures
  • Self doubt

Apart from the mental effects, people suffering from mental disorder generally suffer from physical symptoms such as asthma, allergies, heart problems, ulcers, high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic pain.

What to do about it?

It is important to keep things in check at the soonest time possible to avoid mental illness to cause further harm in the relationship. Knowing the early signs of an unhealthy relationship can prevent a person from suffering from mental illness. The early signs include increasing frustration, overwhelming anxiety, growing feeling of emptiness, constant negativity and persistent suicidal thoughts.

Some people also experience a change in sleep pattern and appetite, frequent mood swings and decreased interest in activities and life in general. The affected person also become less focus on his or her career, and in a few cases, get addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Couples that are confined in a bad relationship experience decreased intimacy and sexual desire; and this will drive the emotionally stable partner to express his or her frustration that could fuel further conflict. Under the circumstances, the emotionally-settled companion will distance himself or herself from his or her partner that will just exacerbate the bottled up negative feelings of the latter. Some people would initially consider separation if he or she gets fed up in the relationship; however, it is not always necessary. It should be recognized that mental illness can be cured, and a relationship can be repaired.

To prevent mental illness from ruining your cherished relationship and your sex life, you should first acknowledge that there is a problem with you mentally and emotionally.  Keep in mind that a relationship should make you feel better about yourself, not the other way around.

You should let your partner know that there is something wrong with you, and talk over the symptoms with him. You should ask him to support you as you seek for treatment. Get yourself informed about the best treatment options available.

Keep in mind that all of us are prone to mental illness and relationship problems. They touch everyone’s lives in our way or another. Mental illnesses can be fixed through medication, psychosocial treatment and support of loved ones. Early detection and prevention is crucial, for it will prevent the harmful effects of the mental illness from totally maiming your relationship.