That definition has now been scrapped (psychiatric texts are constantly in review, as medical understanding of mental health grows) and officially I now suffer from paranoid schizophrenia.I take medication every day to control my condition, and to all intents you would never know unless I told you. I am a freelance writer, having worked since school in newspapers.As most people have fun, kooky usernames, I opt for Pea_Nutty. He looks very handsome and athletic - just my type.

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It's a bit like diabetes: if I keep taking the tablets, I'm fine. I have friends who know about my diagnosis, and some colleagues who presumably don't (although these days if you Google my name, you find the articles I have written about my mental health).

But being schizophrenic has complicated my romantic life.

He wants to take me to the local castle and show me the statue of Robin Hood.

I wonder if he could be my very own modern-day hero. As with any online dating - schizophrenic or not - there are always a few moments before meeting when you worry that the pictures won't be accurate. Neither of us should drink alcohol on medication, as it can hinder the effectiveness (although we confess to a drink now and then).

In such a relationship, where the couple share experience, it allows people to really know how to support each other during a crisis.' With this in mind, I signed up.

As with all dating websites, you create a personal profile that other users can see, detailing interests and hobbies alongside a couple of paragraphs describing yourself and what you are looking for in a potential partner. The only difference to all the other sites is that there is a tick-box menu to indicate your mental health diagnosis.

'I don't think anyone should have to shut themselves off from meaningful relationships outside of mental health, but it's great that there's such a sense of community out there,' she says.

'With many mental health online forums there is a fantastic solidarity among peers.

After a few days exchanging emails, he seems an intelligent, funny bloke and we decide to meet.