Over the past five years, several sitessuch as Prescription4love.com, Nolongerlonely.com, and Cisforcupid.comhave launched to serve the needs of people with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder to Crohn's disease.
Together these sites now boast tens of thousands of members.
That definition has now been scrapped (psychiatric texts are constantly in review, as medical understanding of mental health grows) and officially I now suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.
I take medication every day to control my condition, and to all intents you would never know unless I told you. I am a freelance writer, having worked since school in newspapers.
All of these can make datingoften an ego-shattering minefield for those in perfect healtheven trickier.
Disabled Dating Connexion Niche dating has exploded online, providing sites that are exclusively focused on one particular group of people (and the people who are interested in that group).
She lives in Normal, Ill., a town with few single men around her age, let alone familiar and comfortable with disability. with your disability just makes it harder.” So this fall Ms. Several dating Web sites for singles with health problems have started up in the last few years. Nevius joined Dating 4 Disabled, a site for people with an array of disabilities, including paralysis and multiple sclerosis. These sites are generally small and run by one person or a small group. Getting to know someone in an online community of people with H. Among the almost 12,000 members of Dating 4 Disabled, for example, many specify the types of disabilities they would be open to dealing with in a long-term relationship.
She is independent and mobile, but would prefer to meet a man who could roll alongside her. “I think they were a little bit scared because they didn’t know how to treat me,” she said. allows relationships to form without the burden of the big reveal hovering overhead. The site was created by Ricky Durham, whose late brother suffered from Crohn’s disease — a condition that came with literal baggage. The anonymity of the Internet allows people to be forthcoming and honest about what they are truly looking for in a companion.
It's a bit like diabetes: if I keep taking the tablets, I'm fine. I have friends who know about my diagnosis, and some colleagues who presumably don't (although these days if you Google my name, you find the articles I have written about my mental health).
But being schizophrenic has complicated my romantic life.