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?
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.“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.After all, some stats reveal that in marriages where one person is depressed, the divorce rate is nine times higher.And if one person is bipolar, the divorce rate can be 90 percent, Stephanie Buehler, Psy D, a psychologist and sex therapist, tells Yahoo Health." data-reactid="31"Bruni, 50, is just one of the 42.5 million Americans (about one in five people in this country) with mental illness, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.She’s fit and active." data-reactid="28"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. And 22 years ago, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.“I don’t have time to waste with fearful, ignorant guys,” she tells Yahoo Health.“You can have a family and a partner — it’s not that you have this experience and you’re doomed forever.” (Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)But first someone has to address certain unavoidable factors — like when and how to tell your partner about a mental condition, and how treatment (including medication) can impact sex life.Issues like these directly impact the relationships of people with a mental health disorder — even more so than the average person.“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.“I’m not scared of anyone who would stigmatize me,” she says.