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When my single friends give a character assassination of a former flame, there's one phrase I hear a lot: 'They turned out to be a psycho . .' Of course I understand the sentiment, but the words make me prickle, as the same could possibly be said of me.You see, eight years ago, at the age of 23, I was diagnosed with paranoid psychosis.I had moved to London from Staffordshire, where I grew up, aged 18 to attend Middlesex University, where I studied fashion design.At the time I was an intern at a Fleet Street newspaper.As most people have fun, kooky usernames, I opt for Pea_Nutty. He looks very handsome and athletic - just my type.He has bipolar disorder, which is a type of mental illness characterised by periods of extreme restlessness or mania, followed by depression.At the time I believed my thoughts were perfectly rational, and it was only after I started taking medication that I saw differently. Sometimes it's hard to believe it is real yourself, let alone expect others to understand.So you can imagine my interest when I came across No Longer Lonely.com, a dating website especially for adults with mental health concerns. owner, Jim Leftwich, started the site after finding himself in a similar situation to me.
I confided in my parents about my fears and they took me to see a GP, who then referred me to a psychiatrist.Both thought that as I seemed so normal I couldn't possibly need to take medication, and perhaps the doctors were wrong.They persuaded me to stop taking my tablets and, of course, I quickly became unwell. I started to suffer symptoms of psychosis - paranoid thoughts, and obsessions - in 2001.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).
But being schizophrenic has complicated my romantic life.
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