Internet dating mentally ill
I think being at the right point is really important.
You have to be ok with “putting yourself out there”, it’s important to feel ok with who you are and where you’re at…then start looking. If you consider your diagnosis to be part of your identity then yes.
I’m very fortunate that my job is mental health related so it’s a very helpful “test” conversation.
Another way to drop it in might be to say you’ve just spend an afternoon with a friend who has depression/schizophrenia or whatever, this way you can gradually gauge the reaction and see what conversation arises. It’s painful but if you’ve done everything you can to make it work and if they choose to go, let them.
I had to think carefully about people I came across who put their diagnosis in their profile, I wondered whether they considered it part of their identity or whether they were just trying to avoid starting to get to know people who would judge them for it.
It did not stop me connecting with them per se but I knew I would only want to get to know someone if they had a similar attitude about their mental illness and recovery as I did (i.e. Of course, someone can become mentally ill later down the road so it’s worth considering when you get into a relationship with anyone – can I stick by this person, no matter what? Do I talk/write about mental health before meeting?
Nor did I want to scare anyone off just because they didn’t understand about mental illness.
It's a good idea and well implemented on this site that offers a large and diverse database. uk is a dating site that caters to many groups and niches, one of the more popular is the single parent dating niche, allowing single parents to meet other single parents who are looking to get back into dating.Having said this, if you give it a go and realise you’re not ready, you’ve not lost anything, leave it and go back to it in a few months. If you want to be judged (positively or negatively) because of your diagnosis then yes.If you only want to attract people who understand mental illness right from the start then yes.On the other hand, the tangle of depression, anxiety, OCD, and borderline personality disorder in my head came fairly close to talking me into a swan dive off of a fifth-floor Paris balcony last week.(If you’ve never suffered from depression, it might sound nonsensical that I would do this at my most self-confident.