The findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health, are based on interviews with 47,000 straight and LGBT people. The study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found that white men and women who are married live longer than cohabitors, though the researchers did not find such an association in African American men and women. Long-term relationships mean better mental health for women, better physical health for men.
And not only that, but the benefits increase as time goes on, according to an editorial published in the student British Medical Journal. The single life may not be all it's cracked up to be, according to a study from Michigan State University researchers.
In my career as a therapist, I’ve worked with couples in various settings.
I’ve witnessed first-hand the curative effects that a healthy relationship can have on an individual struggling with mental illness.
Young people value the support, trust, and closeness they experience in romantic relationships.
In fact, teens have more conflicts with their parents and peers than with romantic partners, though conflict within romantic relationships increases with age.
According to Mental Health America, in 2014, over 6.8 million people of color had a mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “a good relationship provides valuable social support during difficult times whereas a bad relationship can worsen your symptoms, partially in cases of depression.” Mental health treatment is a delicate process and it only truly works when the person is committed to getting well.Healthy relationships serve as a buffer to help the individual ward off both physical and mental health conditions.On the other hand, it’s well recognized that relationship stress with a partner can negatively affect the person who is struggling with a mental illness and make the condition worse.If you are someone who is currently dealing with mental health-related issues, consider spending some time getting yourself together before pursuing a romantic partner. Relationships can be a distraction when you are attempting to collect and put together the pieces of your life, so be conscious of how selfish you have to be to get healthy.If you can avoid having to share your time at the moment, do so.