I'm going to be brutally honest here! There's no point in wasting my time or anyone else's. I suffer from debilitating bipolar disorder and was forced to give up a career in teaching/academia. I have my own house--modest as it is--and I spend most of my time in it. I don't go out and party, and I don't have an amazing social life. I'm a bona fide dark and brooding person; it's not some bullshit act to get people's attention. I've come to the conclusion recently that life is too short to pretend to be someone I'm not or to go around apologizing for who I am. So . . .if you're a person who suffers from clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any other highly-stigmatized mental illness, feel free to hit me up. The same goes for anyone who can at least understand it. If it bothers you that I have to take an antidepressant, an antipsychotic, and a mood stabilizer in order to function, then turn around and run for the hills.