It’s not just a diagnosis, but a history of some difficult times.
Even better, we seemed to have a “high-match percent.” To be sure, I checked some of the questions he answered, just in case. As someone who lives with dysthymia, or persistent mild depression, I struggle against this stigma.
In the morning I wake up and take a pill to help with my anxiety. Most of us pay our bills and rarely stand out of the crowd.
But discussing your health from time to time builds trust and shows you’re working to maintain your mental health. Dating with mental illness comes with even more hurdles.
In the long run, by taking the time to ask the right questions and keep the lines of communication open, you can choose better partners, have better communication and have stronger relationships.
To not do so in this particular situation would be to stigmatise her - i.e.
treat her differently just because she has a mental illness.
When the study was published, numerous people tweeted or Facebook messaged me the results, and expressed their disappointment and disgust about the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Mental illness is treatable, and if the girl in question had sought help for her illness and had learned how to manage it such that it had minimal or no impact on her life, then I'd feel privileged to date her.
Depending on your illness, it isn’t likely that you have to disclose it on the first date or second date. Personally, I tend to disclose after three or four dates.
At that point, I know that I’m interested in something more serious, but haven’t fully committed.
You have a right to privacy, but at a certain point your date deserves honesty. Here are five tips I’ve figured out in the murky world of dating. Do Your Research If you do online dating, some sites, like OKCupid and Match.com, allow you to see someone’s views on different issues.