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Dating mental health problems


 · It's the dating dilemma: How open should you be when broaching your mental health struggles?

There is a polarity to dating apps; not only can they cause or enhance mental health issues like depression and anxiety, they can also increase happiness and self-esteem. Using dating apps can release chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and vasopressin. Not only do these chemicals play a role in the feeling of “falling in love,” but they are also associated with addiction. Furthermore, like addiction, people often use dating apps to produce pleasure and to provide an escape from internal discomfort. The excitement of meeting someone new feels good; few people would debate that. It can become addictive when large amounts of time are spent on dating sites; important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of it; family relationships suffer because there’s less time and presence with them; and/or there is a tolerance built up resulting in the need for more sites, more swipes, and more messages to help change the current mood.

Alicia Munoz, a licensed mental health counselor, licensed professional counselor and a certified Imago relationship therapist, shares information about the complex relationship that exists between dating and mental health for those people who deal with mental illnesses and other mental health issues.


Dating mental health problems

Dating mental health problems








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