Don't lose hope, there is someone out there for you.You came to the right place to make friends who are going to be understanding about what you are going through. You will find people who can relate and people who just don't care about the illness that you have.Sometimes things can be tough, but there is light outside the cave of marginalisation, alienation, isolation, bla bla bla.If I begin a conversation and it seems to skirt around the issue of my condition, I jump right in.We all know the old stereotype of schizophrenia being split personality. 'Look on the bright side babe, you get to have a threesome with none of the stigma, I won't tell if you don't' Wow, I really applaud your ability to be so open despite all of these terrible stigmas. My grandmother suffered from schizophrenia and was not able to come to grips with it. Like the illness itself isn't painful enough, we are truly afraid to divulge our illnesses. Ask her if she has any questions and after that it shouldn't be an issue.Mad Hatter, I know what you mean about the dreaded question "so what do you do for a living" I deal with that in almost every social situation. If she isn't cool with it, well then give her the old boot .I can't really help you with that one; I met my husband when I was 21, and since he was a psychiatric nurse on teh ward where I was a patient at the time the diagnosis was never an issue.
I am now married, a father of three, working, and studying.My advice if you have a girlffriend who doesn't know, well hey sell it to her.