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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.
Since 2010 we have been noticed worldwide in such countries as Europe, Asia and the United States.
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.
For a start, there is the casual prejudice of terms such as 'psycho' and 'mental' being bandied around when cracking dating jokes with friends.
I'm not completely humourless about it, but it does confirm there still are, and probably always will be, ingrained prejudices about those, such as me, with mental health issues. Since my diagnosis, I've had two long-term relationships, one for three years, and one after that for nine months.
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 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.
That definition has now been scrapped (psychiatric texts are constantly in review, as medical understanding of mental health grows) and officially I now suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.
I take medication every day to control my condition, and to all intents you would never know unless I told you. I am a freelance writer, having worked since school in newspapers.
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