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I Believe People Misunderstand Mental Illness

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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 6 Responses Jan 24, 2010

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    i get it all the time people say they

    understand me and i'm like how can you say that i don't even understand me at least not completely and in fact i think it's insulting to say you understand anything if you have'nt experienced it yourself take me i have five mental illness(i know right!)i would never say i...
    BenjaminChapman BenjaminChapman 18-21, M Apr 16

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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. I think those people definitely misunderstand mental illness and perceive it as an opportunity to get undeserved...
    MGoods MGoods 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2013

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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 walked to school for the first day, and on the way I nearly had something resembling a panic attack, or at least the closest I've...
    gorillawarfare gorillawarfare 16-17, F Mar 3

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    As someone who has struggled with mental

    illness my entire life, I can so understand this. Usually, those who don't understand have never personally experienced it, either for themselves or with someone they care about.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M 3 Responses Apr 21

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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

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    So Upset Right Now

    I am so furious at a hospital in Modesto right now. My boyfriend is currently Manic and they are planning on dispatching him tomorrow or within a few days. Too soon! Way too soon! He's only been in there for a week and when I talked with him he says when he comes home he's going...
    amee100 amee100 26-30, F Sep 26, 2013

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    Most people don't look into a mental illness

    if they see a schizophrenic talking to them self on the road side. Recently I read that Amanda Bynes was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia(or just schizoaffective disorder) while she was in a psych hospital on hold after showing "bizarre" behavior and set a...
    Spilled Spilled 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2013

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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, and I had to drop out of school because of it. None of my teachers understood my issues, I was an honor student ten suddenly began failing school...
    beccers1522 beccers1522 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 1

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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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    Lol. Lmao. Those

    who rule countries are the crazy. Those diagnosed are human. Both groups are fifty fifty. Fifty percent bad But bad humans got warped that way. Warped by tv and those who love trends. And those who love lame laws. Who makes most lame laws. The undiagnosed...
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Jun 28

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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 dealing with this issue on my own and hiding it from the world. Ever since I could remember, I always knew I was different from everybody...
    Rainbeaux Rainbeaux 36-40, M Apr 30, 2013

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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 mood stabilizers and tranquilizers and pretend everything is okay. Those things seriously mess up your brain chemistry...
    VincentValentine VincentValentine 31-35, M 5 Responses Jul 29, 2011

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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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    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?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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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 friend and a part of the community. Don't fear me or whisper behind my back that I am unstable and not to be trusted...
    lowthertm lowthertm 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 19, 2013

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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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    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 big mistake of mentioning I battle depression and anxiety and take anti-depressants.  He's never treated me the same since.  In a...
    Dropbear Dropbear 41-45, M 11 Responses Sep 8, 2009

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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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    Myself included. It was downplayed

    so much by my family when I was a child... Looking the other way and hoping it'd go away instead of tackling it head on and acknowledging it was real... I am only now coming to terms and starting to gain a greater understanding of what it is that makes me tick... Or not tick...
    Drechavo Drechavo 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 28

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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...
    lunadelobos lunadelobos 41-45 7 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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    I have some mental disorders

    and I hate how so many people don't really understand it or try to sympathize. There's kind of a lot of stigma with it. I'm like anyone else – sure I have some problems but I'm working on it and I won't let my disorders define who I am and what I do.
    replication replication 16-17, F 2 Responses May 4

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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 people aware that there is help out there and mental health problems can happen to anyone. For the last 20yrs, I have been a competitive...
    Bodybuildersneverdie Bodybuildersneverdie 56-60, M 3 Responses Jun 14, 2013

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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 confused and that creates anger combined with not wanting to be angry, this creates emotions that dont mix very well.We can all...
    HeadphonesVocal HeadphonesVocal 26-30, M 1 Response May 22, 2011

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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

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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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    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 depression that i deal with. i still believe a lot is not understood,but i like how he emphasizes that when you have a major depressive illness that you can't just...
    deeaqua deeaqua 51-55, F 11 Responses Dec 3, 2010

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    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 16-17, F Jun 18

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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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    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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    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-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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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 sickness" they shy away a little and always think of me like a paranoid schizophreniac who walks around the city asking...
    GothGrrrl GothGrrrl 18-21, F 11 Responses Oct 28, 2007

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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 on the ground and he was talking to some chicken pieces. The conversation was quite intense. I wondering what he was babbling...
    ohwee12 ohwee12 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 20, 2013

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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 or hitting me in the back of the head. I had visions and thought I was psychic. Now a year later on medicine the...
    UponADream UponADream 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 6, 2012

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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 11 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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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 disorder has become very trendy...lots of celebrities have it. People say things like "you're moody...take a prozac...
    indigofem1 indigofem1 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 15, 2013

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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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    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 to my story, keep reading my other blogs that I've posted. Anyway, it's like I do not wish to feed the problem/cycle any further. & I know...
    alissababi alissababi 18-21, F Feb 8, 2013

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    Free Ebook Promo 12/29-1/2 - Stand Up And Speak Out About Mental Illness!

    I'm running my first promo of my bestselling book, Be The News: A Guide to Going Viral With Your Human Interest Story and I'm absolutely filled with adrenaline! It's available for free download on Amazon.com and it empowers people to stand up and speak their story in a way that...
    surfsounds surfsounds 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 29, 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" 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 11 Responses Jan 4, 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 condition may be described as having a normal perception to an abnormal situation. I seem to recall that this was a quote from...
    Hawkeyethenoo Hawkeyethenoo 66-70, M 1 Response Oct 31, 2013

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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 child, perhaps at most a little uneasy. Today I struggled, as my own children were very scared when I went with my mother to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 11, 2013

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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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    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 grasp mental illness and know all disorders and what behavior they exhibit and how they function p*ss me off!Many seem to forget mental...
    rationality14 rationality14 16-17 5 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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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 anxiety & serious fear of looking 'fat' The biggest thing I learned was being told "FAT IS NOT A FEELING" I used to feel fat all the time...
    genieinthebottle7 genieinthebottle7 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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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 poems. I (Randall J. Sturdevant) was born in Wilson Hospital on September 5th 1986. My childhood was normal for the...
    SuperPanda SuperPanda 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 26, 2013

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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 was going to or was in the act of having a heart attack. Then, it started me checking windows and doors repeatedly every night, and the...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 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 wrong with her and she needed medication). After meeting my real dad, I could tell he wasn't quite right in the head either but...
    shylamarais shylamarais 36-40, F Nov 28, 2013

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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

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    Related Experiences

    I am in the process of recovering from chronic depression, severe anxiety, and anorexia nervosa. I've attempted suicide more than 30 times but am no longer suicidal. I've been...
    losingNemo losingNemo 13-15, F 4 Responses Nov 28

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    I have an array of mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, OCD, anxiety, autism, etc. Sometimes it's hard to live, but I've learned to cope with...
    CaliginousHeart CaliginousHeart 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 3

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