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Don’t Give Up On Love

don't give up on loveI’ve been single for a long time now. And while I don’t mind being the single chick, I wouldn’t mind dating a nice looking guy with manners.

But I want to talk about love and to remind you that you are lovable. I know that in the early days/weeks/months of the onset of your mental illness or diagnosis it is easy to think that no one will ever want you or love you because we you broken.

That simply is not true.

I had a man who loved me with an intensity I had never experienced and that relationship began nearly a year after my  diagnosis of bipolar 1. Sure, it didn’t work out after 5 & 1/2 years, but it wasn’t because of my illness or my moods or any of that. We just needed to go our separate ways.

Don’t be ashamed of your illness – you are not marred by it. You are not defined by it. It is simply a part of you and someone will love you like you love yourself – not in spite of your illness, but in addition to it.

Don’t be closed off to the idea that you can and will be loved, because you CAN and WILL be loved. Just hang in there with me, dear reader. Your partner is out there and will be strong enough to hold you up when you can’t hold yourself together. You are not some problem to be dealt with; you are a gift to be given.

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Don’t Give Up On Love

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Don’t Give Up On Love. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from


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