Hi Guys, I have an issue with my condition:schizophrenia and dating.I am 26 and have had the odd fling here and there, but due to my illness I haven't had any real long term relationships.We're still together 13 years later and have four kids. I find I have the same problem with meeting people now. My eldest is now eight, and yet in spite of her having been through nursery and school here I only really ever got to know one other mother. One thing I've been working on with my keyworker is the getting to know people thing.Talking to him about it has helped a huge amount; and also I'm finding that if you try and ask questions rather than fighting to find answers it's easier to break teh ice with people.And there are more people who will happily look past that. because a lot of my psychosis happens at night as well Im terrified of sleeping around anyone which is going to have an impact on future relatioships.
Working has been a great help to me, it has allowed me social contact, and the daily practice of social skill, we all had those when we were young kids, unless we were in the unusual position of very early onset of the condition.
Sometimes things can be tough, but there is light outside the cave of marginalisation, alienation, isolation, bla bla bla.
If I begin a conversation and it seems to skirt around the issue of my condition, I jump right in.
Don't lose hope, there is someone out there for you.
You came to the right place to make friends who are going to be understanding about what you are going through. You will find people who can relate and people who just don't care about the illness that you have.