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I've got the same illness, and have been dating for awhile now, and most girls I tell about my illness I usually wait awhile untill I get to know them better before I tell them. Definatley don't tell a girl on the first date that you've got this illness because it puts people off, it's odd to bring it up straight away, give it time, spend time with them, get to know them, take them out, and when you've seen each other for a time, then tell them, and don't make a big thing about it. That's my best advice. I never tell anyone I don't know straight off, otherwise it's off putting, because a lot of people don't understand the illness and what it means, they usually think it's violent which it isn't.

Don't worry, you'll meet someone, hang on in there.
Thanks alot daniel you've been a good friend to me and I hope someday I'll be able to do the same for you. Would be so much easier though if I could find a chick with schizophrenia then she would be understanding and not leave me hopefully. I talk to chicks online but they are always from out of state and they dont mind. But it's probably the fact that they so many states away. lol I'm sure I'll find the girl of my dreams some day, just tired of dealing with this alone. Im sure you know how that goes. One thing I'm lucky about I have my sister to take care of me and she does a good job at it. But it;s just not the same you know what I mean. Anywho, thanks for your help Daniel I really appreciate it. It's nice to know there is someone out there who understands me. Big Hug

Well I have been diagnosed with symptoms of schizophrenia. When my Doctor first suggested that I potentially had shizophrenia it was disheartening. It was disheartening because when I thought of schizophrenics I thought of seriously disturbed or mentally ill individuals such as the severe case of John Nash in a beautiful mind. However after doing research, I learned that schizophrenia was very manageable and did not necessarily have to derail your entire life. I say this because when someone first meets you, not having seen how you function and how you get along with people, and you tell them that you have schizophrenia they are imagining what I imagined. I have not dated seriously but when it comes to making friends I never tell them I have shizophrenia. I let them see me function and get to know me first. They will eventually notice that there is something different about me--sometimes I am distant, sometime I am inconsistent with them when it comes to giving them attention. When they do begin to observe this I tell them not to take it personally it has nothing to do with them that I am just a little bit different. Most of the time they will understand. If I were dating I would do it the exact same way, I would not come outright and say I was schizophrenic rather I would take her step by step through the symptoms as they came up in the relationship. If I ever got to the point of deciding to marry her then I would tell her that I suffered from schizophrenia and that I could potentially pass on my disease to my children.

Currently I work a part-time job that is very repetative and stress-free--I listen to talk radio to get me through it-- sadly, I used to have a high stressed job in finance before this hit me. I also go to school part-time. So when anyone asks me what I do I say that I work part-time and go to school part-time--I just take fun classes in literatue or art. If you can do that I would suggest doing that so that you can have something to say when they ask you what you do.

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