Dating site for mental health
Navigating the dating scene is tricky for anyone — but how is it different when you have a mental condition like bipolar or schizophrenia? (Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)" data-reactid="27"Navigating the dating scene is tricky for anyone — but how is it different when you have a mental condition like bipolar or schizophrenia?On Track program, which treats 18-to-30-year-olds going through a first episode of a psychotic disorder. This is just one part.” " data-reactid="33"Indeed, “a mental illness shouldn’t be someone’s identity,” agrees Hilary Bye, a social worker at Mc Lean Hospital’s On Track program, which treats 18-to-30-year-olds going through a first episode of a psychotic disorder. This is just one part.” There are a multitude of factors at play when it comes to making a perfect romantic match that have nothing to do with mental illness.(As Bruni says, “The lack of a guy in my life has nothing to do with my schizophrenia diagnosis.”) But for many people with mental illness, the stigma is very real — and can have an impact when it comes to finding a partner.“People bring in all sorts of biases and challenges they face into relationships,” Karen Swartz, MD, the director of Johns Hopkins’ mood disorders clinic, tells Yahoo Health.“They could take it as a reflection on the relationship.” Therapy — specifically, sex therapy — can help.
But certain aspects of illness — whether it’s the condition itself, or the treatment — can affect sex in ways you may not realize. “If you’re bipolar, your libido may be very high and then may drop at times — especially if you’re not on medication,” says Buehler.She’s fit and active." data-reactid="28"Christina Bruni seems to have it all.She owns her own co-op, has a gym-toned body and striking good looks, and a career as a librarian. And 22 years ago, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.“I don’t have time to waste with fearful, ignorant guys,” she tells Yahoo Health.“But when people are deciding things about bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, for example, based off of a few very inaccurate portrayals, that leads to stigma.” Bruni says she doesn’t expect others to truly understand what she’s been through, so she accepts the stigma.“I’m not scared of anyone who would stigmatize me,” she says.