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Mental Illness or Personality Traits?: The Roots of “Bad” Behavior in Your Partner

When you look at the list of symptoms for various mental illnesses, they can sometimes parallel the traits we generally do not desire in a partner, such as:

  • lack of interest in activities
  • mood shifts (often unexpected)
  • elevated self-esteem
  • impairment in completing activities
  • irritability

How do you know if your partner’s behaviors are truly due to mental illness or if they are just personality characteristics?

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  • August 14, 2018 at 2:14 am

    In reply to the four litmus test questions about my partner, most are “no”. Does this mean he is a just a jerk? Honestly, I have never met someone as nasty as him. I hate to say this but he is really the lousiest person I have ever met – drunk half the time and refuses to work and take care of home, flares up at me or his mom and whines about the past; but when he is sober he has this “I’m so great and intelligent because I was a scholar” attitude. But now he is nothing, depending on his mom to cover him and expecting me to work and support him.


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