Dating health challenged

Posted by / 18-Jun-2014 09:54

(Sites like nolongerlonely.com, an online dating website for individuals with mental illnesses, target this population.)Bruni used to have a profile on one such site.

“I’m a creative, quirky gal who’s an artist and a writer, and I feel most at home among my own tribe.

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She owns her own co-op, has a gym-toned body and striking good looks, and a career as a librarian.

(Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)Christina Bruni seems to have it all.

Issues like these directly impact the relationships of people with a mental health disorder — even more so than the average person.

For people with a mental condition, when meeting a potential romantic partner, the first words out of their mouths are likely not “Hey, I’m depressed/bipolar/schizophrenic.” But that leads to the question: When is the right time to reveal illness?

“Ideally, you’ll disclose in your own apartment or in your partner’s apartment and ideally before you decide you want to have sex with him or her,” she says.

Let’s Talk About Sex" data-reactid="40"Let’s Talk About Sex By now you probably know that something as “small” as a little bit of stress, lack of sleep, or even an antibiotic can affect your sex life — mental health condition or not.

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(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.