Adar I 5771
Dating Life Issues: What To Factor In – What To Filter Out – Part 2
by Mrs. Chana Silver
I have heard so many differing and confusing opinions about family issues / divorce / shalom bayis problems / psychological conditions / and physical illness concerning shidduchim. In your opinion how should one go about it all? It seems so daunting when there are issues! Can you break down some of the ideas and the how tos involved and give some advice about them? How important do you think these things are?
Jemsem is so full of great info! Thank you!
Dear Jemsem Reader,
Last month we dealt with family issues which included divorce and shalom bayis, and now we will speak about psychological condition.
There are many different forms and degrees of psychological conditions – depression, bipolar, ADD, and ADHD, to name a few. What are the guidelines with some of these things?
You need to find out the following:
– Does the person have a therapist?
– Is he currently dealing with the problem?
– Is the psychological condition chronic or episodic?
– Was the person on medication in the past? Is he currently taking medication?
– Is the medication long- term? What are the side affects? Will this medication affect the future?
– Is this person willing for you to talk with his therapist?
– Where mild or severe is his case?
– How does it manifest and affect his life?
You may want to talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist to help you understand the problem better, or perhaps, to research it yourself. Each case is individual and very different. Some situations may be quite serious and significant – and be a no go. Other situations may not be as big a deal and with the availability of medications and treatments, the person may be highly functional and very capable of carrying a meaningful, deep, and fulfilling relationship. It’s possible that because of his difficulties, he is an even deeper and more sensitive person, maybe even more emotionally aware than other might me.
As before, speak to a Rav about your finding, and get in touch with your own feelings regarding this.
Next month – we’ll deal with physical illness.
Continued thanks for bringing out these all important things!
With Warmest Wishes,