You seem to doing a pretty good job!
Sure... but I'd highly advise against it.
Well if it's working out for you, great. Don't let me stop you.
yes happens all the time
It depends on what the "mental illness" is and who diagnosed it.
Under the new guidelines being shy is a "mental disorder." Wanting to be alone and not wanting to go out "socializing" is considered a "mental illness" by some mental health counselors.
I have even heard one "Mental Health Professional" on MSNBC say that people who think they have a "Constitutional right" to own a firearm are "mentally ill." Another "Professional" I heard on CNN said believing in a "Divine Being" is a "mental illness" (she was slamming all organized religions as being bad for society as a whole).
At one time women with PMS were considered "mentally ill", homosexuality was considered a mental illness at one time as well. (I am just using these as examples of how the definition of what is mentally ill changes over time and how the definition is interpreted by some mental health professionals).
That being said, if someone has a sever mental illness then I don't think they should live alone, but some of the new additions to the guide for mental illness over the last decade or so, IMO, are not real mental illnesses and there is no problem with them living alone.
If you are an in-home caregiver, then I would might dare to say you are not living alone. And obviously you have the mental illness under control (for the most part) or you would not have been allowed to stay as a caregiver. For if whomever diagnosed you thought you was a danger they would have reported it to the State and the State would have stepped in by now. So, IMO, you are doing really well. Have a wonderful remainder of your week.
Some of us can only live on our own.