In 2004, after years of brushing up against the harsh realities of the dating scene, Leftwich founded No Longer Lonely, a dating site that caters to the mentally ill.

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Even in our post-Americans With Disabilities Act society, notes Watson, failing to mention that you're confined to a wheelchair or dealing with another type of handicap might bring a first date to an abrupt end after a courtesy "I'm sorry" drink.

The stigma of mental illness People with physical disabilities aren't the only ones who face stigma while dating.

Both sites require members to disclose their illnesses upfront, clearing the air for what might be a deal-breaking revelation later.

Within her first week on Positive Singles, she went on three dates and has since gone on seven more, which fostered one romantic relationship and a friendship over the past two years. Health.com: How to tell your partner a health secret "I don't think I would have been able to have 10 dates without the site," says Lana.

"If you're mentally ill, it's kind of a hostile world out there.

I thought by taking down that whole bugaboo of having an illness, making it all open with everyone knowing, it would facilitate things.As one of its first members, he should know: He met his wife, Lynn, at a Date Able Valentine's Day party in 1988."I didn't want to try it," says Watson, who has moderate cerebral palsy and was working as a national project director for the United Cerebral Palsy Association at the time."And let's face it, depending on what [the illness] is, it could very well make you uncompetitive in the larger dating pool." Health.com: 28 days to a healthier relationship Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives.A new breed of dating sites has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.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.