bp readers respond I met the man who is now my husband weeks after being diagnosed with bipolar.
Unfortunately, I would run into difficulty explaining some situation and have to tell the man I was bipolar sooner or make up a lie. My fiancé tells me he doesn’t care that I have bipolar because I’m worth it.Over the past five years, several sites -- such as Prescription4love.com, Nolongerlonely.com, and -- 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.In addition to providing their users with a more hospitable environment, these websites defuse the tension over how and when to disclose an illness, which is often an issue for people with diseases and disabilities who venture onto mainstream dating sites.When health problems equal heartache After some "horrible" results on other dating websites, Lana joined Prescription 4 Love and the STD-specific site Let's face it: How do you drop that bomb on a potential love interest? She considered a number of online dating venues, but she says asked too many questions on its enrollment form, e Harmony was too "religious," and My Space was too much of a "hookup zone." "I wanted to meet men with my same diagnosis so we wouldn't [need to] have 'the talk,' or fear of rejection and transmitting," she says."Most of us with this don't wish to spread it." Despite -- or perhaps because of -- the economic downturn, the billion-dollar online dating industry has been booming. While sites like and e Harmony don't discriminate, they also don't cater to people like Lana who are coping with sexually transmitted diseases, disabilities, or mental health conditions.As soon as you suspect something more [serious], truth is best. D., I usually explain about my bipolar, my support system, and my medication on the first date and let him ask questions.I figure it’s best to be honest and have him understand, rather than have him wonder what’s going on while I’m manic or depressed and need to explain then.Love for less Niche sites are also a lot less expensive.Prescription 4 Love, which started charging in May 2009, is .95 per month, while most of the features on No Longer Lonely (including the dating service and chat rooms) are still free.