I was in a long term relationship with my partner who was the love of my life. It started out as a friendship. I had other relationships before him, but even though parts of them were good, overall they weren't very good relationships. When you start dating I wouldn't tell the person about your GAD immediately, but if it looks like the relationship is going somewhere then I would tell him. A lot of people can't handle mental illness, but if you find the right partner he will stick with you in good times and bad. When I had one of my breakdowns in '98 my partner was very supportive. I think it helped that I didn't overwhelm him with talking about how miserable and hopeless I was feeling all the time. That can be overwhelming for someone. But having known me for several years he could tell by how I was acting that I was having a very rough time. He used to say that when relationships got tough he took off. But I guess with me our love was strong enough that he stayed. If it wasn't for not wanting to leave him I don't think I'd be alive today. Finally I got on a med combo that helped a lot. I couldn't return to work, but I was more stable. Then in 2002 my partner was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was only 46. He bravely battled his illness for 3 1/2 years. I loved him with all my heart and I think if he didn't have someone who really loved and cherished him he would've gone back to doing drugs like he did before I met him and after I met him. He got off the drugs for me. Even though we had shattering life experiences that wasn't the whole story. No one could make me laugh like him -- he made everything fun. We just were so compatible with each other. I didn't have to do much to take care of him physically (he was very intent on taking care of himself), but I did give him a lot of emotional support. I went to almost every doctor appointment with him. I lost him in 2006 when he was 50. I will cherish my memories of this wonderful, kind, generous man for the rest of my life. I guess I've gotten off topic here. If you find the right partner you will have a lot of joy in your life and though there may still be dark clouds he will help you see the sun. I've been single since my partner's passing and I've become ok with that. I had a wonderful core group of women friends and a very sweet orange cat that cuddles up with me. And if I do meet someone special down the road I'm ok with that too.