All these jokes about, you know, 'What does psycho 1 plus psycho 2 equal? Every once in awhile you get someone whose user profile is "Batshit crazy" or something, or says, "I like to put heads in my freezer," joke stuff like that. What are some of the mental illnesses that your users have? Asperger's doesn't exist anymore, now it's an autism spectrum disorder. I kind of felt like I had graduated to this specific little world of people that had mental illness. I became the director of that library in 2007 and I'm still the director. They featured me as one of the most ill-advised dating sites on the web. But the ironic thing is that it gave me a lot of traffic. I started working at a college library, which turned into a full-time position by 2004.The artwork—that's an area that didn't take off as much as I thought it would. I do occasional purges to get rid of older profiles. And these are only the ones that I've been told of, but there's been more than 30. (More from Narratively: Kidnapped in Syria) How did the DSM-V, (the American Psychiatric Association's newly-revised diagnostic manual) change it? It's kind of like where they elect the pope; they just put people in a room and they figure something out. That's my only hospitalization, but I was there for about two months. There are a lot of talented people with mental illness that have great creative potential and I thought that would be an important way to let people connect and share on that level. They just removed schizoaffective and now it falls under schizophrenia. That’s a pretty hefty chunk of the dating pool, not to mention the unreported cases and the probable addition of cases since that report was published.
A 2010 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 19.9 percent of adults in the U. reported having a mental health condition that year.I wouldnt not date someone just because of a mental illness, as long as they were seeking treatment for it :)Been there done that moved on.....The last guy I dated with mental illness and other problems is now in San Quintin prison so I guess it is safe to say my answer is NO!Lana, a 38 year-old publicist in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with genital herpes in 1997.Since then, she has "kind of been hiding" from the dating scene.It's been 10 years since James Leftwich first created No Longer Lonely, a dating website exclusively for people with mental illnesses. No Longer Lonely has chat rooms, forums, and places for people to post their art. I did model it after the major dating sites, but I added certain categories too, like housing options for Section 8 or 'I live with my parents' or 'I live in a halfway house.' I thought it was important to have a category for 'Do you own your own transportation? I was diagnosed with what's called which, because of DSM-V, doesn't exist anymore. I hadn't dated much and was really afraid of disclosing to women. Once you've been branded with this illness you feel kind of like a reject, in a way. Leftwich spoke with me about the challenges of running the site and about why he believes forming loving relationships should be recommended more frequently than pills. It was one of those things where I looked for something and it didn't exist. ' because that can be a big deal among people that are mentally ill. But it falls under a schizophrenia spectrum disorder. "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.All of these can make datingoften an ego-shattering minefield for those in perfect healtheven trickier."On bigger dating sites the competition is tremendous," says Jim Houran, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and columnist for Online Dating Magazine. Around 2004 it was underway but it wasn't as big as it is now. I didn't create the categories, it's just what the major ones are: schizophrenia, schizoaffective, but I may have to remove that as an option. There really aren't that many categories of mental illness. I wasn't making any new friends that were not mentally ill at the time. I didn't have much of a love life to speak of for quite some time. Most of them don't have their own car or anything like that so that makes a difference. A sizeable percentage of those probably haven't been on the site for a while. The big stat is the amount of marriages that I've had with the site. Schizoaffective: you're blessed with both a psychotic disorder and a depressive disorder so it's one of the more chronic diagnoses. I didn't know at first, until around 5 months into the relationship.