Mental health dating site
"And lets face it, depending on what [the illness] is, it could very well make you uncompetitive in the larger dating pool." Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives.
A new breed of dating site has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.
There are several different types of Bipolar disorders and many other mental illnesses that often accompany Bipolar disorder. So, instead I’m going to write about dating someone with a mental illness in general.
The first step when dating someone with a mental illness is recognizing the mental illness.
Elizabeth Barrett, who created the site with a partner in Denver, Colo., said she observed from her work with people with mental illness that those in strong relationships are more likely to thrive. "They tend to stay out of the hospital." Couples in which both partners struggle with mental illness can share their experiences and help keep each other out of trouble.
"You have somebody to throw your ideas off of." Barrett, 30, has worked with the mentally ill in a variety of settings, including the Bernalillo County jail and an Albuquerque psychiatric clinic.
Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene.
Over the past five years, several sites -- such as Prescription4love.com, Nolongerlonely.com, and -- have launched to serve the needs of people with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder to Crohn's disease.