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    It's sad, I see it every day. I seen this guy last night talking to himself. It was so sad. But, it affects everyone in a different manner. He was talking to a banana and threw it...
    ohwee12 ohwee12 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 20, 2013

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    Negativity - As a a person who struggles with depression I have encountered ridiculous comments about mental illness. My sister has said I dont look l öl e im depressed. Then, she...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 13, 2012

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    My Family Misunder Stand Mental Illness - I had my parents that did not know much of the mental illness and did not like me. And relative that won't have any thing to do with me...
    ladywolf123 ladywolf123 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2012

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    They Just Don't Get It. - People who do not struggle with anxiety and depression just plain don't know what it is like to deal with this things. Case in point #1- I am absolutely...
    dancer2011 dancer2011 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19, 2008

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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    They Definitely Do - When I try to tell people that I'm "sick" and they go like ... "what? cancer? hiv?" and I say "no... no, it's more like mental...
    GothGrrrl GothGrrrl 18-21, F 12 Responses Oct 28, 2007

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    Well That Was a Big Mistake On My Part! - A few months ago while taking a break at work and talking with my boss, the subject of depression some how came up.  I then made the...
    Dropbear Dropbear 41-45, M 11 Responses Sep 8, 2009

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    ...and Isn't It Ironic - There are so many people in this world who suffer from one type of mental illness or other, and there are just as many from that same group of people and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 20, 2008

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    The Anwser (prologue) - I havnt always been like this.........Ive tried hard to become a kind person and i mean genuine kindnes, its very easy to confuse feelings.People are...
    HeadphonesVocal HeadphonesVocal 26-30, M 1 Response May 22, 2011

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    Having panic attacks? Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    Don't Tell Anyone - A very close friend 'advised' me that I should not ever mention to anyone that I had a breakdown, as if it was something that I should be ashamed of.  Well...
    RoseViolet RoseViolet 46-50, F 6 Responses Jan 23, 2010

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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    Ptsd - I know that mental illness exists because I'm living with it and have always lived with it. I was abused as a child. I suffer from severe PTSD , panic attacks, and...
    Sheri2266 Sheri2266 46-50, F Aug 28, 2012

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    Crazy And Other Such Words - People use the term crazy to define mental illness.  I don't believe that is an accurate term to use.  Mental illness is a true illness.  It has...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2011

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    Health Care Professionals Should Know Better - They should at least know as much as you do about mental health.  But consider this - the biggest killer of young people in...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 11 Responses Jan 18, 2011

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    Having struggled with anorexia I feel like people don't understand the struggle A person can be anorexic while still physically at a healthy weight. Anorexia is really about the...
    genieinthebottle7 genieinthebottle7 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 15

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    Perpetual Ignorance About Depression Starts To Annoy Me - How many of you have ever dealt with depression before? I remember when I was 19 and very depressed about life.  I felt...
    UnderEli UnderEli 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 26, 2012

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    I'Ve Been Diagnosed With Mental Illness - I've been struggling with my mental illness for years. From suffering from deep depression to listening to instrusive thoughts, I've been...
    Rainbeaux Rainbeaux 36-40, M Apr 30, 2013

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    My Two Pence... - Not just people that buy into the negative stigmas attached to them...but those who claim to have them and go out of their way to perpetuate certain stereotypes...
    MGoods MGoods 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 10, 2013

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    Not Building Muscle, But Rebuilding My Life - Hi to the forum, my name is Jim Moore, this is a real account of what happened to me, it isn't meant to alarm people, but just to make...
    Bodybuildersneverdie Bodybuildersneverdie 56-60, M 3 Responses Jun 14, 2013

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    Ignorance is so frustrating. - I get so frustrated by people who say they don't believe in mental illness. Just because you don't understand something or you haven't...
    eekimateacher eekimateacher 26-30, F 6 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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    At School... - We are always told to accept ourselves for who we are. And to be comfortable with ourselves. But I suffer from OCD and this gets me bullied a lot. So I know I'm...
    C3C3C3 C3C3C3 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2012

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    Making A Killing
    avessel avessel 22-25 Mar 4

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    Misunderstood - It really angers me that people like to make derrogotary remarks about people who seek help for depression and/or other mental disorders. EVERYONE has some type of...
    Callalilly Callalilly 61-65, F 11 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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    Unfair - It's just not right to have someone tell you mental illness isn't a real illness.... Because people with mental and physical illnesses both suffer. Sometimes the mental...
    candiipup candiipup 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2008

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    Up Against The System Again - One of my eldest son's medications is clonazepam.  Ordinarily, this drug is prescribed for epilepsy.  But being a benzodiazepine, it is also used...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 8 Responses May 21, 2012

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    Mental Health Issues - Where to start. Perhaps a quote may suffice here. About how we perceive the world around us Someone who has the misfortune to suffer from a mental health...
    sallowsw sallowsw 66-70, M 1 Response Oct 31, 2013

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    Ridiculous... - I have some mental illness...no psychiatrist can agree on WHAT I have...for awhile I was bipolar, either type II or type I, have your pick...for some reason bipolar...
    indigofem1 indigofem1 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 15, 2013

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    What Is Mental Illness? - Both my mom and dad were diagnosed with "mental illnesses." As a child, I watched my mom's moods swing violently (there was no question something was...
    shylamarais shylamarais 36-40, F Nov 28, 2013

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    Don'T Judge Me - Just because I have a mental illness, doesn't give you the right to treat me like less than a human being. I am still a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a...
    lowthertm lowthertm 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 19, 2013

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    A Quick Way to Sort Out Your Real Friends- Tell Them Your Diagnosis - I found this out when I was in my mid twenties...so many went running away from me, or wouldn't empathise if I...
    23buddyf 23buddyf 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 12, 2008

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    One of my best friends in the entire world was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, among some other things. She felt different after knowing she was bipolar like something...
    PenandMind PenandMind 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 2

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    Especially Doctors - I am so sick of doctors just wanting to throw pills at a problem instead of dealing with the root of the issue. It's like... lets just repress everything with...
    VincentValentine VincentValentine 31-35, M 5 Responses Jul 29, 2011

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    Hi my name is becca, I suffered from migraines for most of my life, and just found out they were caused by depression & anxiety that I suffer from. I went to therapy for 2 months...
    beccers1522 beccers1522 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    Getting My Uncle For Dinner - My uncle has always been in my life. My mum would take us to see him regularly. He has schizophrenia. I don't remember ever feeling scared of him as a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 11, 2013

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    Completely - there's such a stigma surrounding people with mental illness. the term "mental illness" alone has such a negative connotation for so many people. as...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 20, 2008

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    A Lives Grace - Back Story - Interlude A brief history of the life I lived, and the events that transpired which led to the poems and short liturgical writings, and allegorical...
    SuperPanda SuperPanda 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 26, 2013

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    "Go see a shrink." When this is said by someone who's in one of the few relationships that would actually make sense if they cared, something is horribly wrong. Shrinks are new...
    avessel avessel 22-25 2 Responses Jan 10

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    Depression/Anxiety In The Workplace - After not having a job for around a year & a half or so...and I've never held down a job--due to social anxieties, if you want a deeper side...
    alissababi alissababi 18-21, F Feb 8, 2013

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    It Hurts When Your Friends Do It To You. - I am going through a serious bout of depression right now and my friends and family are all telling me "Oh, you'll be alright." or "Its...
    jessymp89 jessymp89 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2010

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    Mental Illness Is Nothing To Be Scared Of Or Ashamed Of Or Something That People Should Hide - I am training to be a mental health nurse, and I love it :) I myself also have a...
    willrock4food willrock4food 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 25, 2010

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    I Hate The Stigma On Mental Illness. - Arghh, I hate it all.Mental illness is something you have, not who you are.The quantity of ignoramus folks strolling this world thinking they...
    rationality14 rationality14 16-17 4 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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    We Are Not Broken,we Are Just Reflections Of The Broken World Around Us... - My dear sister opened my eyes to the fact that I was defining myself very negatively.I had been "mad...
    eklectikceliac eklectikceliac 41-45, F 11 Responses Jan 4, 2012

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    I first began to suffer from depression when I was sixteen years old. I kept my problems inside mostly, fearing the stigma that goes with poor mental health, and I tried to cope by...
    TheSchemingPuppeteer TheSchemingPuppeteer 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 1

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    I Have Psychosis - I was diagnosed with psychosis last year. I often would hear and feel things that were not there. Like spirits speaking to me and feeling of someone touching me...
    UponADream UponADream 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 6, 2012

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    You Are Not Depressed Because You Are A Bad Person! - i just listened to a one hour lecture by robert sapolsky which made me feel less isolated and misunderstood with the...
    deeaqua deeaqua 51-55, F 11 Responses Dec 3, 2010

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    Help Me! I Obsess Over Everything! - Question: I have been living with panic attacks and anxiety for about 16 years. It started after I stopped using drugs. I constantly thought I...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 2013

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    Developmental Disabilities Are A Curse? - I just wrote a blog on EP tonight about a phone conversation I had with a woman I have never met, nor do I care to, in regard to...
    rollingwithhusky rollingwithhusky 46-50, F 4 Responses Jun 25, 2010

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    When I started middle school, I knew something was wrong. I was starting in a new district and I didn't know anyone. I was always shy but this was different, way different. I...
    gorillawarfare gorillawarfare 13-15, F Mar 3

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    People Do Misunderstand Those Who Are Mentally Ill, I Want To Share A Heart Warming Story - I once had a patient with schizophrenia approach me at the hospital where I worked who...
    Zenny123 Zenny123 46-50, M 4 Responses Aug 18, 2011

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    Alot Don't Even Try To Understand. - I understand why mental illness is misunderstood and difficult at times. although i don't know everything there is to know, (i was not educated...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Nov 24, 2011

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