Online dating mental disability

11-Jul-2015 02:27

For a start, there is the casual prejudice of terms such as 'psycho' and 'mental' being bandied around when cracking dating jokes with friends.

I'm not completely humourless about it, but it does confirm there still are, and probably always will be, ingrained prejudices about those, such as me, with mental health issues. Since my diagnosis, I've had two long-term relationships, one for three years, and one after that for nine months.

After a few days exchanging emails, he seems an intelligent, funny bloke and we decide to meet.

We're both based in the Midlands and I offer to travel to his home town of Nottingham, which isn't too far.

In such a relationship, where the couple share experience, it allows people to really know how to support each other during a crisis.' With this in mind, I signed up.

At the time I was an intern at a Fleet Street newspaper.Both thought that as I seemed so normal I couldn't possibly need to take medication, and perhaps the doctors were wrong.They persuaded me to stop taking my tablets and, of course, I quickly became unwell. I started to suffer symptoms of psychosis - paranoid thoughts, and obsessions - in 2001.As most people have fun, kooky usernames, I opt for Pea_Nutty. He looks very handsome and athletic - just my type.He has bipolar disorder, which is a type of mental illness characterised by periods of extreme restlessness or mania, followed by depression.

At the time I was an intern at a Fleet Street newspaper.Both thought that as I seemed so normal I couldn't possibly need to take medication, and perhaps the doctors were wrong.They persuaded me to stop taking my tablets and, of course, I quickly became unwell. I started to suffer symptoms of psychosis - paranoid thoughts, and obsessions - in 2001.As most people have fun, kooky usernames, I opt for Pea_Nutty. He looks very handsome and athletic - just my type.He has bipolar disorder, which is a type of mental illness characterised by periods of extreme restlessness or mania, followed by depression.At the time I believed my thoughts were perfectly rational, and it was only after I started taking medication that I saw differently. Sometimes it's hard to believe it is real yourself, let alone expect others to understand.