Online Dating for the Mentally Ill

The online dating business is expanding rapidly with special niche dating sites. Now you can search for your perfect match not only by gender or religious affiliation, you can also search by hobbies, such as dog lover’s adult dating websites, gardener’s sites, etc.

One area that seems to have fallen through the online dating service cracks is possibly one of the most necessary, the mentally ill.

The very natures of these debilitating diseases lend themselves to isolation; the bipolar sufferer who can’t stop shopping during the period of mania may not be able to leave the house for months with the onset of the depression side of this disease. Many times the chronically depressed person will not even attempt to become part of a relationship because they know how hard it is to try to go out with someone who can experience mood swings even while taking regular medication. Online dating services typically profile members as successful, smart, funny, highly functional people causing the mentally ill to feel too self conscious to join.

The stigma attached to the mentally ill makes it virtually impossible to date, so these people are left with chat rooms and the television as their only companions.

Enter

, a completely free adult dating site designed specifically to bring mental illness suffers together with chat rooms, anonymity, profiles, and 24 hour support.

Through this site you can contact other mental illness suffers and chat online, supporting each other and making new friends safely from your home until you are ready to meet out in the real world.

James Leftwhich, a sufferer of schizoaffective disorder, started the website in 2004 with the expressed purpose of creating a safe online dating and friendship site where persons with a mental illness could log on and talk to other suffers.