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"That was different." Many people find dating stressful.

But, for Lynne, who was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and other mental disorders at 19, dating invariably ends in disaster.

Possibly the worst effect my illness has on relationships is my inability to let go of something that is clearly not working. Many people will not be interested in dealing with my illogical side, and it’s not their fault or mine. In , Martin Amis wrote: “Have you ever stayed in a place where you wanted someone who didn't want you?

Lynne had someone to spend Christmas and New Year's with this year. "It's been a long time since I've been with anybody for the holidays," the 50-year-old Albuquerque native said recently.

I mustered the courage to meet only one person from the dating site. It could have gone further, but I would look at him across the table and think, I'm afraid that if I meet someone I really like, I will let the whole story explode out of me before he's seen the better side, which is what I did last time. I would love to feel I could keep my mental illness under wraps until I was comfortable with someone, as if it were a hobby like collecting international Barbie dolls. Having a panic attack in front of someone unprepared is not great for building trust.

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