“I’m a creative, quirky gal who’s an artist and a writer, and I feel most at home among my own tribe.
I think someone with a mental illness would be more understanding of what I’ve been through, though I am open to dating people without mental conditions,” she says.
Navigating the dating scene is tricky for anyone — but how is it different when you have a mental condition like bipolar or schizophrenia?
(Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)" data-reactid="27"Navigating the dating scene is tricky for anyone — but how is it different when you have a mental condition like bipolar or schizophrenia?
(Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)Christina Bruni seems to have it all.
She owns her own co-op, has a gym-toned body and striking good looks, and a career as a librarian.
“But when people are deciding things about bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, for example, based off of a few very inaccurate portrayals, that leads to stigma.” Bruni says she doesn’t expect others to truly understand what she’s been through, so she accepts the stigma.
For people with a mental condition, just remember to be honest — with yourself and any future partner. “I think if someone has a diagnosis and is treating a condition, they should tell a partner about that before any intimacy occurs,” says Buehler.“But if a guy’s not compassionate, he’s not in my target market.The truth is, I’m more successful in life than narrow-minded people will ever be. “Most people with mental health conditions have the potential of having very happy relationships,” Swartz says.And SSRIs, the most commonly prescribed antidepressants, can cause sexual side effects like decreased sexual desire for both sexes, erectile dysfunction or delayed ejaculation in men, and trouble with orgasm in women.In fact, up to 50 percent of people on SSRIs can have a decrease in sexual desire, studies have shown.