Gay guy with Tourette’s syndrome never loses faith in love


Damian Friel, a 26-year-old student and mental health nurse from Derry in Northern Ireland, has opened up about what it is like to date when you have Tourette’s, anxiety and depression. And it in fact does not differ a lot from dating life of a mentally healthy person – most people don’t care about his disorders saying that he is a kind, nice, pleasant guy to spend time with. But it has not always been like that. ‘The worst one was when I showed up for a date in a really public place….I stood there waiting for him for an hour,’ the man shares with GSN, ‘It turns out then after he met up with one of my other friends, that he saw me. He saw me ticking. He thought I was crazy and walked away. He left me stood there when my anxiety was sky high, proper red having a panic attack. That was the worst experience I’ve ever had. 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. I felt like I dodged a bullet!’ You might recognize Friel from his appearance on Channel 4’s First Dates, a show which pairs people up on a blind date and watches them flirt and he calls this experience fantastic. He still believes he’ll find his Mr. Right (and we have no doubt he will!) but building relationships is not his top priority at the moment.


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