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There also have been times when I completely misread a situation as flirting when it was simply friendly joking or being nice. Their concessions, however, mean little in the heat of the moment when a girl asks “So what do you do,” and I respond “I’m a writer for Salon.” She’ll then inevitably ask what I write about and I’ll inevitably tell her that I write about issues facing mental illness and schizophrenia.

That’s cost me a couple of friendships that afterward I regretted screwing up. Of course, she will then ask if I have a background in psychology and that’s when I have to make a decision.

You spend the earlier parts of your relationship trying to “read” the other person; trying to make sure you’re both on the same page.

Then, once you’ve passed that phase, it’s on to really getting to know the other person.

A 2010 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 19.9 percent of adults in the U. reported having a mental health condition that year.That’s a pretty hefty chunk of the dating pool, not to mention the unreported cases and the probable addition of cases since that report was published.Mental health conditions come in far too many forms—depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, autism and Asperger’s, those that don’t immediately come to mind and so many layers within each of those conditions—to try to come up with a one-size fits all approach for how to deal with dating someone who is mentally ill.Hi, I was just wondering if someone could give me some advice please.I've started seeing a nice man and he's actually a dream man, but the other day he told me he has suffered from schizophrenia.

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