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).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.
But being schizophrenic has complicated my romantic life.
As most people have fun, kooky usernames, I opt for Pea_Nutty. He looks very handsome and athletic - just my type.
He has bipolar disorder, which is a type of mental illness characterised by periods of extreme restlessness or mania, followed by depression.
I believed the songs on the radio were specifically about me, and that my friends were plotting to set me up to look as if I'd committed robberies.
I kept most of these worries to myself, and really only suffered a true breakdown two years later when I was between jobs and had more time to obsess over whether the police were coming to break down my doors.
After a few days exchanging emails, he seems an intelligent, funny bloke and we decide to meet.