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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

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    A Different View.

    I think I take this group differently than others might have.  I see it as a statement that the mentally ill of our society should not be marginalized.  As the child of a schizophrenic mother, I don't think mental illness should written off or ignored.  Too many...
    chocchipkookie93 chocchipkookie93 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 29, 2007

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    However the actions displayed are abnormal.

    There are many EP users with mental health on here and in reference to only the genuine sufferers I'm not sure if it possible but EPAllie should somehow send s message with a CrisisLine phone number or online sport for those seemingly in crisis to contact. Some of us get so up...
    blackinc blackinc 36-40, M 3 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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    What's "Normal" Anyway?

    Let me preface this diatribe by stating that not all mental illnesses are pleasant, socially acceptable or even okay (for the sufferer or society). However, that said, most of western society functions under a corporate-controlled umbrella...
    siren1971 siren1971 36-40, F 6 Responses Nov 27, 2007

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    Hello

    hello this is just to say hi to all you good folks
    Liquifaction Liquifaction 46-50, M Jul 15, 2013

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    It's Okay...

      As the creator of this group, I feel the need to defend my intentions, as I do not agree with the insensitive and crude labeling of my original story as "vile nonsense," by TheTardyDodo (see story posted by this member).   First, TheTardyDodo, in...
    siren1971 siren1971 36-40, F 6 Responses Jan 2, 2008

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    For a Given Value of Normal...

    I doubt that you can find anyone in the world who is completely and totally sane. We all have our little insanities. Daddy issues, ADD, slews of irrational phobias, obsessions... They might harm us, they might harm others. These ones get treated, or medicated, or one goes to...
    MonstrousScholar MonstrousScholar 16-17, M 2 Responses Dec 20, 2007

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    Not Only Do I Think It'S Normal But

    The most interesting people are batshit crazy. Fascinating, creative intelligent people like us are a gift to have in your lives! Never a dull moment.
    inolongerexist inolongerexist 36-40, F Jan 28, 2013

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    Normal?

    Normal? Many have a mental illness which they don't even talk about it or are too shy to reveal the truth.Now a days, the majority of people have mental illnesses then people who don't.  Mental illness is normal!  Some suffers more, some less and in the end, we all are part...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 2, 2011

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    Mental Illness Is Not A Fiction Nor Something Created By The Drug Companies

    It is not my usual practice to post strongly dissenting stories in groups. However, I do not feel I can let this go undisputed. The implications of this experience group title both infuriate and horrify me, and disrespect those I have lost to suicide, and those that I care for...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo 31-35, M 7 Responses Nov 29, 2007

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    At the Very Least Not Abnormal

    My sister is clinically depressed. When I was nine she tried to kill herself. A year later she tried again. Later on I also learned that my Grandmother is depressed as well. My girlfriend is also depressed. So I've been exposed to mental illness and depression for a while, and...
    JonFurniss JonFurniss 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 4, 2008

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    I Come From A Long Line Of Crazy

    Wasn't it Christopher Tidas that said that 85% of the American population are considered to come from a disfuntional family. I come from one and all the people I know come from one. The thing that gives me hope though is that I believe that each generation gets a little bit less...
    Megan1111 Megan1111 22-25, F 1 Response May 21, 2011

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    Why Does Society Get to Tell Us What Normal Is?

    I wrote this a few days ago and it sure seems fitting to put here: I am bipolar. I have major highs and lows. Some days I can't get out of bed, others I can't stop moving. Some days I drive everyone around me crazy because I decide I hate all of them and can't stand being near...
    silverlining silverlining 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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    I'm Okay, The Rest Of The World Is Nuts

    We got labeled like soup cans and given meds to make us feel "better" and function like the rest of the world. But they didn't tell us that besides the weight gain, we would want to sleep all the time, we would have health problems down the road and if you have side effects we...
    Weasel422 Weasel422 51-55, F 2 Responses Aug 5, 2010

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    Myths about the top 10 most common mental illnesses: 10. Antisocial Personality Disorder: Myth: Somebody who avoids social interaction is “antisocial”. Truth: Many people...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 1

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    I have severe OCD, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and borderline personality disorder. I would rather have a deadly illness and be happy than...
    Rosaalie Rosaalie 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have Bipolar disorder, depression, anger issues, anxiety of all types, PTSD, and ADHD. Hospitalized February 11 for a suicide attempt. It's been hard dealing with all this, the...
    ReannaLee ReannaLee 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 12

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    Who is this bright eyed, smiling, handsome young man? He's not the same person that was so frighteningly ill two years ago. I am so proud of him and his determination to live a...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    So, today I found out I'm slightly autistic. My mom says it's something she's always known except it is not until now that we are discussing it. Also, due to this, it's going to...
    HannahB15 HannahB15 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    They're being really active today. F*cking with me hardcore.
    Euphoricbunnymaster Euphoricbunnymaster 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Depression and anxiety run strong in my family. I suffer from both of these, and like most, I have my good days, and I have my bad days. These past three months have been filled...
    hanban0320 hanban0320 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    I have Depression and it showed me I have no true friends.
    colasc41 colasc41 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    Weed helps with my suicidal thoughts and depression. Its keep me sane. Thank you god for this plant.
    MyLifee99 MyLifee99 13-15 Mar 20

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    i have borderline personality disorder with eating disorder its hell to live with bpd covers a range of things from depressive states to suicadal tendencies to hearing voices...
    givenupforever givenupforever 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Borderline Personality Disorder. - I was diagnosed just near the end of last year. I had to be evaluated by the request of my counselor . I was surprised that it was this serious...
    twistedlittlemind019 twistedlittlemind019 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    you made me human,all will be right in the world because you held my hand and saved my brain
    DanielMcRae DanielMcRae 18-21, M 3 days ago

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    I'm living with social anexity and I'm sick of it
    Sarahhhh123 Sarahhhh123 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm 30. I live alone. But yet my parents control me. I can't drink, self harm or see my husband. I have a mental illness, I have been in hospital many times. My parents threaten to...
    sarahk85 sarahk85 26-30, F 2 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    so it's Friday thank god I have a 4/10 work week. I thank you guys for all the ideas with the binaural beats and the boiling cabbage but it didn't work that we'll I did finally go...
    arthuralferez arthuralferez 31-35, M a week ago

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    Being ignorant, innately prejudiced or narrow minded seems to be a bit like suffering from delusional mental illness in that the people who have these traits seem to have no idea...
    Auberon89 Auberon89 36-40, M 4 Responses Mar 17

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    Wish it were legal in New Jersey entirely or at the least for any medical condition including mental illness. So far only is if your dying of something such as cancer :
    animallover412 animallover412 31-35, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    would you think it's normal for a female human being (me) to think there's nothing wrong with pregnancy on other women, 'cause you know there's a baby growing inside and new life...
    modd096 modd096 18-21, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    Hi My name is evangelia amirhom and currently I'm under the care of EIP not because I got a psychotic illness but because I got an indifinite restraining order that it has no thing...
    restlessuk restlessuk 31-35, F 1 hr ago

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    I want to raise awareness about the discrimination and racism towards dark skinned immigrants in the uk .. I'm a dark skinned woman who is a daughter if immigrants and I had lived...
    Soullesss Soullesss 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I don't to a degree. But I don't want to associate with any of them. Every time I think I'm getting over this prejudice or discomfort, something comes up that pushes me back. They...
    RationalCutie RationalCutie 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 10

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    I am a 20 yr old female, and have had these horrendous episodes since i was 14. They start off with nausea, then everything gets bright, my ears start to burn and ring, my skin...
    LaurenBrion13 LaurenBrion13 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    Ever since I can remember I've had vitiligo. its very visual. I try my best to have ppl look around it. but now that I'm older. I'm starting to remember how I've been treated (not...
    Curieln Curieln 31-35, M 3 days ago

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    Christians in miserable marriages who feel conflicted spiritually about whether it is ok to divorce. Staying trapped in misery because Jesus said never to divorce. Again, a...
    Ajushi Ajushi 41-45, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I've had quite a lot of MH health challenges over several decades and my current work situation is making it difficult for me to manage my emotions. Today has really pissed me off...
    LonePony LonePony 36-40, F Mar 5

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    I have several chronic illnesses, but one that I don't much about that I have is MTHFR a mutation, anybody else here have it? If so what are your symptoms?
    TheStrangestOneOfThemAll TheStrangestOneOfThemAll 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I wish people would realize how ignorant they look when they call all kids stupid or retarded. That's like a police officer or soldier calling civilians inferior and weak...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    I mowed my grass to welcome the spring season back today! I noticed something interesting as I mowed it. The whole yard, before being cut, was a nice base green color. As I cut it...
    iShined iShined 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 18

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    This is totally sexist... Everyone is different.. Take for example a marine who has done 10 tours to Afghanistan and seen things most people would never even imagine. Witnessed...
    brocktimus brocktimus 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    No matter what government decides, it is quite clear the benefits, to assist children with illnesses and disease, far outweighs what a few right wing libs in government decide what...
    Kman4You Kman4You 31-35, M 2 Responses 4 days ago