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Getting Through a Breakup When You Have Mental Illness

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Breakups are hard. A breakup when you have a mental illness can feel unbearable. In my experience, you feel almost helpless and can’t find the motivation to put coping mechanisms you’d been working so hard on into action. You wallow, because it doesn’t matter how many people tell you it’ll get easier, you can never believe it. Your heart physically hurts, because you let someone in. You told them your deepest and darkest secrets; you let them into your life with the illness. For them to not want to be with you anymore can make you blame yourself more and more every single day.

You may feel like you’ve hit rock bottom — like you’re slipping, your fingernails clinging onto your last little bit of strength. You’re likely exhausted from endless nights of crying into your pillow and never getting a sufficient amount of sleep. The struggle to get out of bed can be even harder than it already was. But you know what, it’s OK to feel like this. It’s OK to feel bad. You’ve got to grieve your loss; nobody will judge you for taking a bit longer to get over them. Even if they were a massive jerk.

Don’t be afraid to be on your own, because you are a strong individual who has dealt with a lot more than a breakup without them. I do understand though, how you may not want to do it on your own. You don’t want to fight your battle on your own, because they made things so much easier. I understand that, I really do. You’re better than that though. Know deep down you can do this. Know that one day, you’ll wake up and not think about them for a day, and you’ll go to bed and think, “Oh, I haven’t thought about them today.” Then after that, there will be a day when you don’t even have that thought at the end of the day.

You deserve better than someone who doesn’t want to give you the time of day. You deserve the absolute world, and someone will give that to you. Right now, the person who turned around and said “I don’t love you as much as I once did” or “I just don’t see how we can fix things” when you knew exactly how you could fix them but they couldn’t or didn’t want to see it — they may seem like the only person you ever want to be with. But one day, someone may come along who will give you their everything, and you will give them yours. It’ll be so worth it. And in 10 years’ time, you won’t even remember this person’s last name, because they weren’t even half the person you deserve.

You are so strong and beautiful. Do not let a breakup make you feel like you want to give up your own fight. Do not let it get the best of you, because you are so loved and worth so much more than someone who couldn’t see your greatness.

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Originally published: November 23, 2016
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