Dating sites for people with mental illness

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Over the past five years, several sites—such as Prescription4love.com, Nolongerlonely.com, and Cisforcupid.com—have launched to serve the needs of people with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder to Crohn's disease.

Together these sites now boast tens of thousands of members.

"And lets face it, depending on what [the illness] is, it could very well make you uncompetitive in the larger dating pool." Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives.

A new breed of dating site has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.

Jim Leftwich, 39, a college librarian from White Plains, N.As one of its first members, he should know: He met his wife, Lynn, at a Date Able Valentines Day party in 1988.“I didnt want to try it,” says Watson, who has moderate cerebral palsy and was working as a national project director for the United Cerebral Palsy Association at the time.“I thought to myself, ‘There should be something like this out there, and I was surprised to find there wasnt,” says Leftwich.“If youre mentally ill, its kind of a hostile world out there.

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