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Navigating the dating scene is tricky for anyone — but how is it different when you have a mental condition like bipolar or schizophrenia?

 (Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)" data-reactid="27"Navigating the dating scene is tricky for anyone — but how is it different when you have a mental condition like bipolar or schizophrenia?

“You can have a family and a partner — it’s not that you have this experience and you’re doomed forever.” (Illustration: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)But first someone has to address certain unavoidable factors — like when and how to tell your partner about a mental condition, and how treatment (including medication) can impact sex life.

A partner without mental illness may not easily grasp all this.

(And it doesn’t help that sex is often a tricky topic to talk about for most couples.) “If one person says, ‘Look, I’m having some difficulties because of a medication’, the other person might understand that, but also take it personally,” Swartz says.

“Rejection is a two-way street, and I rejected plenty of guys online and in person, too.”one in five people in this country) with mental illness, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

And while dating is a minefield already, doing so with a mental condition requires a serious dedication to honesty, communication, and — like Bruni says — an open mind.

“But if a guy’s not compassionate, he’s not in my target market.