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I Believe People Misunderstand Mental Illness

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 21, 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 11 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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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, 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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    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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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 7 Responses May 26

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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, 2014

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Yes, I believe many people misunderstand the

    term and what it's all about. Many people think of the mentally ill as insane. Where as it's actually the opposite in some cases , it's not actually the ones diagnosed with mental illness that are insane. It's an insane society that makes them seem ill, actually they're pretty...
    YBlah YBlah 41-45 2 Responses Jan 6

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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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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 Oct 31, 2013

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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 10 Responses Sep 8, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Feb 17

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    I have ADHD. for that,

    I've been targeted by bullies. I really hate people who think that there's something wrong with me because my mind works differently. it's not my fault, okay? people need to stop being so stuck up and realize that no one can be perfect.
    Alexandra398 Alexandra398 16-17, F Jan 10

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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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses May 4, 2014

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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 1 Response Jun 18, 2014

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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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    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