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).
For a start, there is the casual prejudice of terms such as 'psycho' and 'mental' being bandied around when cracking dating jokes with friends.
I'm not completely humourless about it, but it does confirm there still are, and probably always will be, ingrained prejudices about those, such as me, with mental health issues. Since my diagnosis, I've had two long-term relationships, one for three years, and one after that for nine months.
I thought about doing this experiment, for about ten minutes, but did I really want to greet my potential soulmate with my most personal personality defects, which for me is my mental health? People are still scared of mental health, but even though stats are rising, awareness is on the up, and all of us know someone who knows someone with a severe and enduring mental illness, we would apparently live with an ex convict then someone like me.
A whopping 75% of us don't let on about our condition for a whole year, often allowing behavioral symptoms such as a manic episode to do the talking for us. female, thirties, Aquarius, journalist and textiles artist living in London zone 2, with a professional (that means photoshopped) pic of my good side (good start, grabs his attention).
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.If there’s one thing I know about depression, though, it’s that it’s devoid of logic, and you can feel your lowest and your highest all at once.) My dating history is checkered, to say the least.It's mostly a trail of intense but short-lived relationships, with a few regrettable one-night stands sprinkled here and there.We upload our best picture, the one that say's attractive, sexy, happy, not the mid blinking, pre make up or post bottle of plonk.But fast forward the potential relationship three years - which is when we approach the notorious three year itch and if we don't make the right decision we have to wait for the seven year itch, it's a bit like being sentenced then waiting for parole - and by then we are all attuned to the traits we left out of our original profile.I was checking out a guy’s profile on a dating site. If you’ve never had any mental illness, who wants to date a crazy person?