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When I finally got back into the dating world, I was very skeptical of people. On some dates, I have felt more like a therapist or consultant than a woman being courted.
I have had men reject me based on my openness about bipolar disorder and tell me they don’t feel comfortable dating someone with “those types of issues.” There have been many dates where stigma plays a role, but I pay no attention to it anymore.
I have learned a lot from men I’ve been romantically involved with—including the ones who have treated me poorly.
Do not assume you are the underdog because you live with a mental health condition.
Dating during your twenties is an experience in itself, but when you live with a severely stigmatized condition like bipolar disorder, dating can really be a challenge.
As a 28-year-old mental health advocate who is publicly open about her life with bipolar II disorder, I have often experienced stigma in my dating life.
Bipolar disorder is a part of me, and I am not ashamed of my condition, in fact, it is the opposite, I embrace it.
However, dating—when you live with a mental health condition—can be complicated: You have self-doubt, you question yourself, and mainly you assume you are the underdog in romantic relationships.