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15 Memes You’ll Love If Mental Illness Is Your Valentine This Year

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When you live with a mental illness, Valentine’s Day can be a complicated holiday.

Maybe your depression keeps you stuck in bed, making dating impossible. Maybe you are married or in a committed relationship but anxiety and intrusive thoughts keep you from being fully present with your partner. Maybe your struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD) makes you either cling to or push away potential partners, often leaving you lonely in the end.

No matter what your experience is like, we want you to know you aren’t alone. Some years, you might find mental illness is your valentine on Valentine’s Day — and that’s OK. For Valentine’s Days like these, we wanted to throw together some great memes that might bring a smile to your face.

If you find yourself struggling with your mental health, download our free app to connect 24/7 with people who have been there.

Here are some memes that might make you laugh if mental illness is your Valentine this year:

1. When mental illness makes you a romantic at heart…

meme image: happy telephone. meme text: roses are red, romance is dead, everyday I suffer from existential dread
via @yippywhippyart Instagram

2. When depression seems to be the only one who wants to cuddle with you…

meme text: what I ask for- snuggles. what I get- struggles.
via @emotionalclub Instagram

3. When BPD affects your ability to have healthy romantic interactions…

via BPD Meme Queen Facebook page

4. When you realize mental illness makes you isolate on every other day of the year…

Meme text: Just remember that being alone on Vday is no different than any other day of your life
via someecards

5. When you’re too tired to celebrate anyway…

Meme image: little girl with head on table with unicorn facepaint. meme text: I've been feeling like this a lot lately
via @mytherapistsays Instagram

6. When it feels like everyone has someone except you…

me: hello darkness my old friend. darkness: I have a boyfriend
via @emotionalclub Instagram

7. When you worry not even your parents want to be around you…

meme text: please understand we love you like a son, but even parents have limits
via @emotionalclub Instagram

8. When you remember your dog wants to be your valentine…

meme text: Don't have a girlfriend for valentine's day, but I got my dog to cuddle with, which is nice.
via imgur

9. When mental illness makes you overshare like a boss…

Q: Any Valentine's Day plans? A: I'm gonna couple shame my sister and her boyfriend and then probably listen to Drake's entire discography. You?
via @overheardbumble

10. When you’re tryna keep your cool but lovey-dovey couples are annoying you…

meme image: Barney crushing a bouncy ball. meme text: When you're trying to be a ray of sunshine but people keep testing you
via @mytherapistsays Instagram

11. When you rebuff potential suitors to keep from getting hurt…

via Memes Facebook page

12. When you wanna put yourself out there but anxiety has other plans…

meme text: single and ready to get nervous around anyone I find attractive
via @emotionalclub Instagram

13. When loneliness doesn’t hold you back from your potential…

meme image: lonely but fabulous
via @emotionalclub Instagram

14. When you’re sad but your self-care is on point…

meme text: Just a little something to take the edge off. meme image: wine glass with chicken nuggets and macaroni in it
via Meme Facebook page

15. When you refuse to give up on finding someone who understands your struggles…

meme image: two skeletons smiling at each other. meme text: when you find someone just as dead inside as you are.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re challenging you to post three valentines — one to yourself, one to a loved one and one to The Mighty community. Share your Valentine’s Day message by posting a Thought on The Mighty with the hashtag #52SmallThingsIf you have The Mighty iOS app, upload a photo of your valentine!

Can you relate?

Originally published: February 12, 2019
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