I Believe People Misunderstand Mental Illness

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    Depression feels like living with an untreated

    bullet wound, walking around bleeding out until u r utterly exhausted, trying to ignore the pain just enough to make it through the day, even though some days it doesn't even seem possible... and anxiety feels like a hungry tiger breathing on ur neck all day, waiting for u to...
    ogkev ogkev
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 19, 2016

    My dad...he doesnt understand.

    He thinks that I'm doing this all on purpose, and he told me its my fault that I cut myself. He yelled at me for it, almost hit me again, and made me cry. I got hives, stopped breathing, and passed out for a solid two minuets
    LexHeart LexHeart
    13-15, F
    1 Response Feb 18, 2016

    There are several mental illnesses

    that seem to be widely misunderstood, that I can think of right away. The following post includes sarcasm. It's obvious for some, but not so much for others. If someone was feeling sad yesterday and happy today, they're obviously bipolar. Are you feeling a little blue today...
    Jononymous Jononymous
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Mar 22, 2016

    I wonder how many people,

    who complain about people faking mental illness, are faking it themselves, just to have something to complain about. I have a younger sister with down syndrome, and an older brother with epilepsy asbergers split personality, and a slew of others. I'm having my own problens, and...
    shaaka shaaka
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2015

    i remember the first time a person said

    schizophrenia is terrifying. That people who have this illness are monsters. I also remember freaking out on them because they don't understand. My father was diagnosed with schizophrenia a long time ago. It was hard, god it was so hard. Id cry self to sleep knowing that he's...
    lovepeace2466 lovepeace2466
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 13, 2015

    Ignorance isn't a lack of knowledge,

    it's the assumption that you have it
    Peter11260 Peter11260
    56-60, M
    1 Response Feb 23, 2016

    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...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses May 26, 2015


    Lunadelobos Lunadelobos
    3 Responses Nov 6, 2015

    People need to be more careful of what comes

    out of their mouths. In everyday language, so many terms are misused, and people think nothing of it. Some of these include OCD, panic attack, depressed, psychopath, antisocial, claustrophobic, addiction, phobia, narcissistic, etc. Learn what these terms mean (especially...
    rainandbooks rainandbooks
    16-17, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2016


    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
    66-70, F
    10 Responses Aug 2, 2012

    Yes, I will willingly admit something

    that would have been taboo to do 15-20 years ago - I take Prozac. Yes indeed! And no, I don't consider myself crazy, just chemically imbalanced. The Prozac, and two other meds make me right as rain. I'd much rather be able to function than bow down to the stigma of a mental...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Dec 1, 2015

    Ive recently been having anxiety attack

    and to be honest its the worst feeling I have ever had in my life I felt so helpless. people say for me to walk it off but I can't . I went to five doctors and the first two said to walk it off . it was no help what so ever and I just feel like no one understands what I'm going...
    dahomie1 dahomie1
    22-25, M
    1 Response Dec 2, 2015

    NEVER judge a disease

    that you can't see. YOUR inability to see SOMEONE else's PAIN, is YOUR MISTAKE, NOT THEIRS. What people need to understand is just because something is easy to them, it may not be that easy to others. To anyone suffering with MENTAL ILLNESS You are one badass mother...
    MissQueenB MissQueenB
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 8, 2016

    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
    2 Responses Jul 6, 2015

    I don't know how to date,

    what with being on SSI for mental issues. In general, I feel okay about where I am, but dating? I'm not successful. I rarely have spare cash. I feel I have nothing to offer, and then you add all the little (and big) things in my life my mental illness has affected....christ in a...
    OutOfTheLines OutOfTheLines
    31-35, F
    Mar 22, 2016

    Very frustrating to come from a culture

    that shames mental illness and pretends it doesn't exist .
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Jul 28, 2015

    when will it honestly be okay to talk about

    your mental illness without anyone having a problem with it,it frustrates me that it's more acceptable to bash and judge and assume things about people who are mentally ill then to educate yourself or try to understand it.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 1, 2015

    I am surrounded by people

    who don't understand mental illness. Many don't care to understand it. I'm told that I'm moody, looking for excuses, or I just need to go to church. It doesn't matter that I've been diagnosed and am seeking treatment. Throughout the years, my hatred toward other people has...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Jul 27, 2015

    Too many people believe that

    if you aren't depressed enough or anorexic enough or bipolar enough then it doesn't matter. People make stupid standards with mental illnesses. They don't care until it's bad enough to effect them, which is completely absurd.
    BoredNerd BoredNerd
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 18, 2014

    Shoutout to all the people

    who suffer from anxiety. Shoutout to all the people who suffer from immense highs and lows during their day. Shoutout to all the people who have panic attacks. Shoutout to all the people who struggle to eat in public or even at all or too much. Shoutout to all the people who can...
    MissQueenB MissQueenB
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Feb 27, 2016

    perhaps this isn't the right group

    for me I saw it and first thing in my mind was to find those who also understood/felt that modern psychology was a disservice to mental health. it's treated similar to a death sentence currently, you get diagnosed as having 'X' condition and no attempt is made to find a true...
    Flear Flear
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Jan 12, 2016

    I keep blaming myself

    for being depressed. The stupid choices I keep making with drugs and wreckless behaviour. I've lost all motivation and kind of will death to come.
    Caoilin1 Caoilin1
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jan 19, 2016

    MISUNDERSTAND??? More like MURDER the concept

    of what a mental illness is, and it's not even a concept, it's an illness, affliction, disorder, disease, (although this has more stigma attached), pathology. It's not a damn personality defect. Blows my mind how people can drink, smoke weed, sniff coke etc and KNOW that...
    TwistedCognition TwistedCognition
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jan 5, 2016

    Anxiety so I've been having this problem with

    my swallow breathing. it feels like I forget how to swallow when I eat or drink. also I wake up at night gasping for air. has anyone else experience this?
    dahomie1 dahomie1
    22-25, M
    1 Response Dec 21, 2015

    In my opinion, I don't think people really

    understand Mental Illness unless they experience too.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jul 10, 2014

    Today one of my patients tried to commit

    suicide by strangling himself to death, I checked on him in his room just in time, I was able to stick my hand between the t-shirt he was using and cut it off.
    ashelizx ashelizx
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 2, 2015

    My brother & father have a mental illness.

    Its still not sure what the diagnosis is, likely schizophrenia. I feel that I have inherited something too (depression). The truth is, scientists & psychologists do not fully understand mental illness & psychology is so diverse & contradicting I doubt there will be a simple...
    yasmine98 yasmine98
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 30, 2016

    It's always interesting to be reminded

    that when you say to people that you've been classified as "disabled" and "unfit to work" they can automatically assume that it's something physical. While I don't see my mental health problems as a disability, here in the UK my country sure does. I am judged by every employer...
    SolitaryFriend SolitaryFriend
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2016

    Just because you don't break skin

    or use a razor doesn't mean it can't be self harm. Just because they never hit you doesn't mean it can't be an abusive relationship. Just because you can communicate in some circles doesn't mean you can't have anxiety or socializing issues. Just because you have a good day...
    MissQueenB MissQueenB
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jan 12, 2016

    There's such a big stigma.

    I suffer from mental illness and when people hear about my symptoms, they become afraid.
    deleted deleted
    7 Responses Oct 11, 2015

    I hate it when people claim to have a mental

    disorder but don't. I'm also not a huge fan of self-diagnoses but it's not as bad as people who say these thing just for attention.
    frvncvne frvncvne
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2015

    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

    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

    There's always stigma against mental illness.

    People need to get educated.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 1, 2015

    I have a friend who is bipolar

    and possibly schizophrenic. What books would you recommend for me to read? I want to understand it better and help if I can.
    phoenix9009 phoenix9009
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 11, 2016

    "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of,

    but stigma and bias shame us all." -Bill Clinton
    TwistedCognition TwistedCognition
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jan 5, 2016

    Hollywood doesn't help either,

    a couple of weeks ago I looked at the info on a movie and part of it said something like: Bipolar son loses girlfriend, goes on rampage. The ratio of movies that portray mental illness in a good or sympathetic light to the typical Hollywood stereotype has got to be at least 1:50...
    Golondrinas Golondrinas
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Oct 15, 2015

    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, 2015

    Sometimes, people at my school claimed to be

    bipolar just to get attention. It's sad because that's not something to brag about just to become popular.
    RainbowCrayon666 RainbowCrayon666
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 3, 2015

    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, 2015

    I saw this guy only this week chatting to him

    self I think he was homeless judging by the amount bags he had I really felt for him , I gave few quid he said thanks and he said why did you give money I said saw that you were in bit predicament ie a bit of a mess he said that I am , he said he knew he was talking to him self...
    roastlamb roastlamb
    36-40, M
    Oct 8, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Aug 18, 2011

    Personally, what irks me more is

    when people glamorize it. You see it on tumblr all the time. People trying to be special snowflakes who have no clue what the real thing is like. People who are wannarexic and who are 'friends' with their multiple personalities especially are a problem. Then there are the...
    MermaidCurry MermaidCurry
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Dec 2, 2015

    Never apologize for your mental things.

    Never apologize for needing attention. Never apologize for stimming or shutting down. Never apologize for dissociating, or having a manic episode. Never apologize for not being able to empathize with someone. Your brain is valid, and worthy of love, and you do not need to...
    MissQueenB MissQueenB
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 31, 2015

    Police in Gloucester,

    Massachusetts are sending drug addicts to rehab instead of sending them to jail, putting those who are willing to seek help through their new Angel program. It's time to decriminalize mental illness. http://www.copblock.org/153189/gloucester-police- department-angel-program...
    ThePowerbroker ThePowerbroker
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2016

    Me: *is easily triggered by some things almost

    everyone else would see as nothing* Me: *struggles hard on a daily basis to restrain self from panicking and likely crying if I let it get to me, which can always happen in any circumstance* Me: *literally has based my everyday actions and life choices for several years just so...
    jaeger053 jaeger053
    1 Response Jan 11, 2016

    dark filled days for over 4 years.

    barley having a nice, okay feeling day. because I suffer from anxiety and depression. I wake up exhausted, it doesn't matter if I sleep for 19 hours (which I have plenty of times) I'd still feel tired as hell as if that 19 hours wasn't enough I've slept for 24 hours rarely...
    liquidgold18k liquidgold18k
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    I feel like you can only understand

    if you been through it
    MeloTail MeloTail
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 2, 2015
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