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I Believe People Misunderstand Mental Illness

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    It's something people can't see from the

    outside, so it's not so important in their eyes. If you have a broken leg or something that's clearly visible and people will be sympathetic with you. But with a mental disability, a lot of people say to just suck it up or that you're just lazy or something like that. And in...
    Crazycoral84 Crazycoral84 31-35, M 6 Responses May 8

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    I started a new job today.

    It isn't glamorous and compared to my old job (which fired me for being honest about my depression) the benefits are next to nothing. I went from a luxurious 15 days paid vacation and 11 paid holidays to NO paid time off and NO holidays. I am feeling empty. I am mad. I shouldn...
    DramaBabe94 DramaBabe94 13-15, F May 11

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    Stigma I really don't get stigma.

    It makes no sense to me. When I learnt about racism at school in first grade, I was like "That makes no sense. It'd be like if you treated people different depending on shirt color." My next question was "What are black people and white people?" Sure, I'd seen people with...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    Very frustrating to come from a culture

    that shames mental illness and pretends it doesn't exist .
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jul 28

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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 was having a bad day. My Dad still doen't understand why I don't work full time (my meds wear me out, plus I get stressed). My Mum despairs at me not having a partner...
    23buddyf 23buddyf 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 12, 2008

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    I don't know if this is just my depression

    talking, but I feel very alone, even in my marriage. I had a naive suspicion that I would feel better in marriage, that I would be fixed. This isn't the case. I married a wonderful man who can be insensitive and selfish. He truly is a good man and I love him, but I feel out of...
    DramaBabe94 DramaBabe94 13-15, F May 8

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    Too Cray Cray to Function Sometimes,

    I wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have a mental disease. Life is a series of events and decisions, a chain reaction. My chain hit a bent link when I was a little kid, changing the entire course of the chain reaction. I was diagnosed with a mental illness. People...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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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" or "crazy". She pointed out I was overwhelmed with grief when my Dad died,I reacted as you would expect,couldn't sleep,mood swings,couldn't eat. Instead of being nurtured and...
    eklectikceliac eklectikceliac 41-45, F 12 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 forcing myself to go out more, to socialise, to drink and get high. I managed okay until I was seventeen. I had recently moved out, into...
    SocialFuckingParasite SocialFuckingParasite 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 1, 2014

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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 mental disorder.  Some are just worse than others.  No one asked to have a mental disorder so others should back...
    Callalilly Callalilly 61-65, F 10 Responses 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 terrified of elevators. I have an anxiety attack every time I am about to get in one. I hate the small space and am afraid of...
    dancer2011 dancer2011 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19, 2008

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    Most mentals are right.

    Most successes are wrong. Most mentals are vastly more humane Most successes are deluded by work. Some mentals are lethal. Because successes push delusion And abuse mentals. Until they become mentals. The lethal type.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 14

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    A lot of people don't understand mental illness

    and a lot of people don't u sweats d those who don't understand mental illness. Naturally if you see something or someone who is acting different from the normal human race routine it will draw their attention. And that's perfectly okay.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M Jul 28

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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 mental illness. Unfortunaly though, I regularly run into people who misunderstand mental illness and think that people with mental health problems are "nutters" or "psychos". BUT I find that once I...
    willrock4food willrock4food 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 25, 2010

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    Oh, for sure. Every time someone shoots people

    in a theater or a church, the news says "He has to be mentally ill" whether or not he really is. Never mind that we are more likely to be the victims of crime rather than the perpetrators, they still rage on about how dangerous we are.
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47 56-60, M Jul 28

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    I am laying in bed as the hours

    that I get to sleep slowing drain away. I was ready to collapse from exhaustion all day until I climbed into bed. Now I cannot seem to catch my breath. My heart is beat fast and my neck aches. I can't stop feeling like something is horribly wrong. I have nearly fallen asleep a...
    DramaBabe94 DramaBabe94 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Human Logic = If you can't be a good pathetic

    slave to society you automatically have a mental illness. I'm a borderline personality and I just want to be with the person I love over anything. She needs me and she is much more important than some career or money because what's the point if you don't have the person you...
    Calamityy Calamityy 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 28

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    Yes, people continue to misunderstand mental

    illness in the 21st century. Many people with mental illness throughout history have been tortured and murdered because they were "possessed by demons" or "cursed by God." Granted, we have made leaps and bounds from those days, but there is still a great deal of work that needs...
    TheQuirkyQuasar TheQuirkyQuasar 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    The family of mine are prejudiced over mental

    illness. They aren't educated, or easily understood. They don't share their opinions, yet they reject me. People should be educated about mental illnesses starting in middle school and through college. They should be more understanding of people with mental illness. Not all...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 5 Responses Jul 27

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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 someone who's struggled with depression and eating disorders, i've been told many times to just shake things off or...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 20, 2008

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    To be fair, even people living with mental

    illness don't understand mental illness. and that's what makes it so hard to pin down and both treat, and understand. there's so much stigma in the world against mental health, though, this doesn't help. the fundamental assumptions of society about it are fair enough and indeed...
    room10101 room10101 26-30, M 3 Responses May 8

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    What would you think

    if you observed a friend that had the following symptoms / characteristics? 1) extremely intelligent 2) Severe Dyslexia 3) Social Anxiety 4) drug use to cope- help you focus 5) paranoid 6) Conspiracy Theorist 7) Hyper and extremely talkative 8) unable to stick to a task to...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 17

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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 many different forms and the symptoms vary from person to person.  It is not something that you can slap a label on and call...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2011

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    My pretty much my whole family is a affiliated

    with the military in some way. I loved the military lifestyle of travel and structure. I use to hate moving all the time when I was a kid but now I find it hard to stay still. I always thought I'd join the military after college and be a commissioned officer. Three years ago I...
    littlemissdazed littlemissdazed 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 28

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    I have people close to me in my life

    who have mental illness. I work on the business side of mental healthcare. Right now I am incredibly frustrated with someone near and dear to me because he's not taking his meds like he's supposed to! Many forms of mental illness, including his, are permanent...so just because...
    dropdeadredhead dropdeadredhead 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 24, 2014

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    And This Needs To Change !

     three things can really help a person who is 'diagnosed' with any form of mental illness. the first and foremost and most important things is LOVE, UNCONDITIONAL AND ETERNAL. never underestimate how much LOVE can help a person, especially at a time when they are labeled with...
    NyxInvictus NyxInvictus 41-45 7 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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    Earlier this summer when at lunch at work one

    of my employees mentioned about bipolar people as just waiting to go "postal". Being Bipolar myself I shoulda told him that I was and watch him melt in to his seat but I let it slide. It wasn't worth it to let all of them know, although I think some suspect. My bosses and...
    Golondrinas Golondrinas 51-55, M 4 Responses Aug 1

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    Many. Employers. Doctors.

    Landlords. Neighbors. No employment equality. No housing equality. No doctors listening. Neighbors disrespecting. Sad. Bet we could run our own city. But wont get the chance. Because the educated would be fools. based on our success.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 27

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    I believe people in my family misunderstand my

    mental illness. If I had the guts I'd ask "what makes you think I would actually choose this?" It feels like punishment for something I didn't do :(
    iusedtolovemyself iusedtolovemyself 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 6

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    In this day and age, it can be quite shocking.

    I accept some people try their best to understand, but they still don't fully. They just think it's something you can brush off or that it would just get better with time, or that if you change your attitude towards it, it would just get better. But despite the progress that...
    usernameinneed usernameinneed 26-30, M Jul 29

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    I just laid into a puerile jerk

    who made a lame joke about schizophrenics that he thought was hilarious. Not only did he get the symptoms wrong, but he misspelled schizophrenic. The funny part is that he claimed to be in his late thirties to forties which I doubt. What can we do about these jerks on The...
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47 56-60, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    I grew up being bullied by my older sister.

    Constantly being called names and physically being hit. Whenever I tell my parents, it goes in one ear out the other. So gradually over a course of a few years, Ive been taking matters into my own hands. Even if that meant disrespecting my parents, I have little remorse. I have...
    Jene95 Jene95 18-21, F 5 Responses May 26

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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 pain can cause physical pain, this i know first hand... It's not pretty, and it's totally real. We need to...
    candiipup candiipup 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2008

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    Here's a couple of related logical fallacies

    that probably are familiar to you. The first is spotlighting. Spotlighting is when you choose an especially distressing experience -- say a mass shooting -- and use it to draw untrue generalizations such as the mentally ill are dangerous. The second is misleading vividness...
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 1

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    My husband has split personality disorder.

    He hasn't told anyone but me because he doesn't want people to think he is crazy. Especially not his patents. Well one time I mentioned to his father the disorder and he went on this rant about how 80% of people fake it and how he hardly believes its real. It broke my heart. My...
    messj messj 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 29

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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 personally experienced it doesn't mean it is made up. It's like saying "I don't believe South America exists" just because you've never been...
    eekimateacher eekimateacher 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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    The old school "You're

    either smart or dumb and the cure is to try harder" philosophy. There was a book * read where this special education teacher had one student, 7 yrs old; very happy, completely normal except the fact she couldn't read. Her father slammed her head on the floor so hard it caused...
    CrossCresentCreed CrossCresentCreed 18-21, F Feb 18

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    YES THEY DO.THERE IS STILL A STIGMA AROUND

    IT;THAT STIGMA MUST END NOW!To this very day for us, the sufferers, it is difficult to broach this subject without fear, trepidation hesitation and fear of judgment.Here is some advice to those who are not (yet) suffering, because the numbers are rising, and I think it will come...
    NyxInvictus NyxInvictus 41-45 3 Responses Jan 16

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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 insisted that I was his father. His own father had left the family when he was a small child and he never knew him. In his mind for a time, I was his father. He would say that when he was...
    Zenny123 Zenny123 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 18, 2011

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    When others judge someone

    because of their mental illness and call them names, they don't understand that it hurts really badly for that person. In our generation, we have a tendency to treat people with mental illness like crap like they chose the sickness to devour them, which is not the case. If only...
    arcticxcx arcticxcx 16-17, F 1 Response May 8

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    My brother and I are the only one I know

    that are getting treated for depression. No one in my family believe in getting help in their opinions only God can help you and you should pray more. My brother was in the military originally went in for PTSD but they decided it was much deeper than that. I went in for post...
    sjroo00 sjroo00 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    In my opinion, I don't think people really

    understand Mental Illness unless they experience too.
    nathanieljlaw nathanieljlaw 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 10, 2014

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    Unfortunately, some of us can't easily 'Change

    the way we think' or 'Cut the emotional bullshit out'. If you're trying to help, why thank you, I just found another reason why I'm an awful piece of **** who's good for nothing and has no purpose in life. Some people can't just 'man the **** up' or 'grow some balls'. Yeah, your...
    BlackRosesAmongLilies BlackRosesAmongLilies 13-15 1 Response Jul 28

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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 on mental illness), i grew up with both my parents having paranoid Schizophrenia and severe depression. It was never easy for them, not...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Nov 24, 2011

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    i agree. mental illness is hard to deal with.

    i have more than one illness. it can ruin lives. its so unfair. normal people judge so easily and dont understand.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 10

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