So you think dating sucks? Try dating when you have Tourette’s syndrome.
Damian Friel is a mental health nurse from Derry in Northern Ireland. He also has Tourette’s.
“A lot of people will say they don’t really care, or that I seem like a nice person, and they just want to meet me anyway,” 26-year-old Damian says to Gay Star News.
Once they meet him, however, their feelings often change.
Damian explains that he recently arranged to meet a guy for drinks. The guy never showed. Or so he thought.
“It turns out then after he met up with one of my other friends, that he saw me,” Damian says. “He saw me ticking. He thought I was crazy and walked away.”
In hindsight, Damian says he dodged a bullet.
“He’s not someone I would even want in my life as a friend, and not someone I would value a friendship with if they’re going to judge someone on a physical disability.”
Damian recently went on a date with a guy for the U.K. reality show First Dates, which follows people around on blind dates. He was paired up with a super cute guy named Kai.
“[Kai] didn’t bad an eyelid,” Damien says. “He just ignored it and carried on with the date. It just shows for people’s characters.”
Watch it all unfold below…