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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.But about a month ago, Lynne began seeing a 53-year-old man she met through a dating Web site designed specifically for people with mental illness.The site — True — was launched last year by an Albuquerque social worker to help people like Lynne find healthy relationships. "The Web site, because it caters to people with mental illness, you go in knowing that up front," Lynne said. You don't feel threatened by what the other person might think." Lynne was married once, briefly.(I) Can Do Better (than my current partner) Think you can do better? Salad Match As the site says, “With ugly dating, you can date ugly people who know exactly how you feel! Why just date an ugly person if you can find one who's also a schmuck? STD Match People with STDs often fear they’ll be rejected once they disclose their STD to their date, so why not connect with others who have the same one?Post a picture of you and your partner, members of the site vote on which of you could do better and that person gets to join the site. Sure, you have to post your picture on the site but you can’t go fishing without bait, even if the bait is crabs. Mullet Passions The site has a wonderfully upbeat message: “It's no fun looking for love when you're a clown, behind all the make-up and the red nose is a lonely heart.” I'm sure the site is very successful--what could possibly be more romantic than a clown horn? Amish Dating Umm, given how the Amish feel about technology, how are they supposed to use the App?Both thought that as I seemed so normal I couldn't possibly need to take medication, and perhaps the doctors were wrong.
Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says asked too many questions on its enrollment form, e Harmony was too "religious," and My Space was too much of a "hookup zone." "I wanted to meet men with my same diagnosis so we wouldn't [need to] have 'the talk,' or fear of rejection and transmitting," she says.
• Click here for FOXNews.com's Personal Technology Center. But relationships were more likely to aggravate her mental problems than improve them.
"I've been single most of my life for that reason," she said.
"That was different." Many people find dating stressful.
But, for Lynne, who was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and other mental disorders at 19, dating invariably ends in disaster.