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His mother even went through the grapevine to find out who my therapist was and called her!
Don’t you think that’s taking things a little too far?
What many don’t realize is that mental illness can also affect people who have high-ranking jobs, loving families, and gratifying social lives.
Chances are you know someone who suffers from mental illness on some level. That is why people like me, whether recovered from mental illness, or suffering from just some anxiety, have a shidduch crisis of our own.
To me, recovery means the ability to live a meaningful life, a life that I would fill with passion, joy, and hobbies, most of which were lost in the throes of mental illness.
As part of my meaningful life, I’ve always looked forward to the day every little girl dreams of.
A college graduate with a 3.94 GPA who balanced school, extracurricular activities, and other life responsibilities, I never could have predicted that I would one day be subject to a shidduch crisis of a different caliber.
After watching us date for five months, his parents were happy for him and completely supported our plan to build a home and spend the rest of our lives together – that is, until they asked the magic question: Does she take any medication? I told him he had to tell his parents, especially since my recovery was such a large part of my past and made me who I am today.
I feared holding back this information would lead to issues in the future, if his parents found out about my past later on in our lives.
You might be surprised, but these statistics don’t discount Orthodox Jews.
Yes, you heard me correctly: 1 in 5 adults in the Orthodox Jewish community also suffers from some form of mental illness.