Dating is an emotional rollercoaster at the best of times.None of us are exempt from that rush of nerves and excitement, elation and rejection, from the moment you swipe right or catch each other's eye, to the agonising wait for that post-date text.' I think the decision about whether or not to disclose, or when to disclose, really depends on the nature and maturity of the relationship,' Imi adds.' If the person you're dating is mature enough to share this with you then it can be a really good enhancer and bring you really close together.It's ok to gain emotional support and understanding, but if you lean on them to rescue you from how you feel, that's going to make the relationship tough,' she says.
' You push yourself away from people because you think you don't deserve a relationship, and you compare yourself to others a lot.' Her current (and first) relationship 'just happened' without any pressure or expectation: ' I just thought we were best friends,' she laughs.
' Probably half of me was thinking there might be something here, but then my anxiety would kick in and I'd think no, it can't be.
I was shocked when he told me he felt something more too.' Likewise 23-year-old Kate* says: ' I've always felt as though, because I have bipolar, I'm not good enough for anyone to date, so it stopped me putting myself out there.
We asked psychotherapist Imi Lo from Eggshell Therapy how young women dealing with mental health issues can make romantic relationships work for them.
' If you're dating someone and you do struggle with these emotional whirlwinds, it's important to take good care of yourself, rather than constantly leaning on the other person.