Dating websites for bipolar people

At the end of my first date with Sara, she moved in with me. Until that night, we'd only spoken on the phone a few times. By the time the ice in my soda had melted, I'd fallen in love.

We'd gone to a Hollywood hamburger stand and gabbed about bands and writers for four hours.

—J., via I always tell the people that I begin dating about my bipolar.

I have nothing to hide and I’m proud of myself, my struggles, and my accomplishments. H., I don’t disclose my diagnosis until I know the person really well. On the other hand, if you don’t tell them, then they feel like you might be keeping other things hidden. via My wife of 11 years divorced me when I was diagnosed with bipolar. It has only been four months since our separation, and I have little interest in dating. Past experiences with bipolar mixed with romance have been disastrous, and I’m choosing not to add that intimate stress to my life.

This type of crazy comes with a diagnosis that often goes unnoticed until your heart is going for broke.

Terms like psycho, narcissist, and OCD get thrown around.

Maybe you have been diagnosed with a mood disorder or are dating someone that should be diagnosed. There are two categories of “crazy” according to the DSM.

The first is mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

A new breed of dating sites has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.

All of these can make dating -- often an ego-shattering minefield for those in perfect health -- even trickier.

"On bigger dating sites the competition is tremendous," says Jim Houran, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and columnist for Online Dating Magazine.

Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says asked too many questions on its enrollment form, e Harmony was too "religious," and My Space was too much of a "hookup zone." "I wanted to meet men with my same diagnosis so we wouldn't [need to] have 'the talk,' or fear of rejection and transmitting," she says.

"Most of us with this don't wish to spread it." Despite -- or perhaps because of -- the economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. While sites like and e Harmony don't discriminate, they also don't cater to people like Lana who are coping with sexually transmitted diseases, disabilities, or mental health conditions.

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