In an attempt to shed light on what it is like to be with a person who is disordered—or as the layman would call it “crazy”—I’m offering a list of the two types of mental health afflictions and what it is like to be in relationship with someone who is suffering from them.This list does not infer that one party is the “healthy” party and the other is disordered.

When in relationship with someone with this disorder it can feel like being a border guard always on patrol or high alert.

It takes a high caliber of self-control to regulate situations.

In fact, it can be exhausting to be with someone with PTSD because they keep odd and sporadic sleep schedules.

Further they can have a hair-trigger temper or act impulsively when making decisions.

This type of crazy comes with a diagnosis that often goes unnoticed until your heart is going for broke.

Terms like psycho, narcissist, and OCD get thrown around.Again, there is a spectrum of functional on one side and dysfunctional on the other.Mood disorders are different than personality disorders in that they can be more transient.There are two ends of the spectrum with this disorder. The mental health field is still running studies on both polls and the pharmacology field continues to refine its medicines to treat this disorder.When dating someone who is bi-polar it can feel very much like a parental relationship where one party is the “voice of reason” and the disordered person is “out of control.” When a person is manic they can be fun to be around for a short period of time and can often act charismatic. When in relationship with a depressive individual life can feel infuriating and frustrating.It’s important to reflect on what you are trying to learn by being with them (as is true with the rest of the disorders).