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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 139 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    So there's a film where a man's wife is brutally murdered by a serial killer and his son is left physically disabled. In a twist of events the son is kidnapped and kept in a tank...
    SvveetKiester SvveetKiester 41-45, F 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    So I've been seriously considering dropping therapy for the umpteenth time. Because realistically, it's not useful to me. I'm mentally ill. No amount of talking is going to...
    PinkMellow PinkMellow 18-21, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    I suffer from depression. I miss the town I was spending the Summer in. There's something special about it... And all it takes is that one song to make me think of it... Then...
    Triforce184 Triforce184 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    Mental illness changes you. You start to do things you always swore you'd never do. You get to a point you always sworw you'd never get to. You look back at who you used to think...
    RandomInkFlow RandomInkFlow 18-21, T 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    the anxiety is overwhelming, its days like today that I really have trouble pushing on. hard to find real reason to anyway.
    EvilPrincess87 EvilPrincess87 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I think I might have psychosis. I have depression and social anxiety, but there are things that have happened that lead me to believe I also have psychotic episodes. If anyone has...
    Dawhead Dawhead 13-15, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I read an article, yesterday. Laura Hospes, a photographer, wanted to expose what mental illness can really be like through self-portraits. The photos show her as she receives...
    goagainsttheflow goagainsttheflow 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I use to think it was OK for me to want someone to love me with the intensity I felt I might be able to love. I wanted to be the center of their world. Have them worship the ground...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have a chronic illness it's hard to work through it.
    bradytales8530 bradytales8530 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I support the semicolon movement!
    emetophobic247 emetophobic247 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I just wanna look normal. Have a normal face, a normal body. Someone people won't look at and think, how ugly that girl is. I can't bear to look at mirrors or pictures with my...
    Kittymeow7 Kittymeow7 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I hate it when Im feeling depressed and my dad or sister tell me to snap out of it or use my willpower, or ull feel better when u talk a walk. they havent been through severe...
    sugarpuffs sugarpuffs 26-30, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Dissociative Identity Disorder/DID/formally known as MPD or multiple personality disorder. A lot of people have no idea what it means so I decided to write something about it and...
    Meliantha Meliantha 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I was diagnosed as a functioning psychopath last month. The weeks leading up to that were full of surprising discoveries about myself. For example, I've always been curious how...
    reaperthejack reaperthejack 13-15, M Aug 20

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    Major depression, moderate anxiety and schizophrenia have affected my life since I was age six. I recently started a tumblr blog writing about how coping and suffering with these...
    CelticBoxingGuy CelticBoxingGuy 41-45, M Aug 19

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    I think some people shouldn't have kids. I'm not trying to be mean or rude, but I think in many casses, it's simply irresponsible. It's irresponsible as a inhabitor or this planet...
    FallenButterflies FallenButterflies 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 19

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    It started about four years ago. I've been married over 10 years, some history in my other stories, but my wife withdrew physical affection and later any sort of intimacy as a...
    jp20156 jp20156 41-45, M 8 Responses Aug 19

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    Does Adhd count as a mentle illness or not?
    ArtemistheHunter ArtemistheHunter 13-15, F 6 Responses Aug 18

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    Nudity is the garment most respectful of respect, honesty, simplicity that we can exchange between human beings .... well that's it for me
    MySecretNakedLife MySecretNakedLife 46-50, M Aug 18

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    problem is they treat you like a case to study ,i am just a job to them,how could i trust some psychologist look at me as something have to be fixed ,i am not an object i am a...
    duffyjun duffyjun 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Those of u who have lots of serious mental problems. Do you talk about it with ppl? Do u let them know? Or do u keep completely quiet about it?? I tend to tell ppl but I'm...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 20 Responses Aug 18

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    I've held back for a long time, but I think it's over. When I was 3 years old, my parents divorced. Around a year or so afterwards, my mother started dating a man, his name was...
    relaxitsjustanightmare12 relaxitsjustanightmare12 13-15, T Aug 18

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    I wish I always felt what I feel right now. You see I'm someone who would love to try everything. I'd love to get a private flying license, I'd love to learn mountain climbing, I'd...
    aeinhardt aeinhardt 18-21, M Aug 17

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    I went from an abusive childhood straight into an abusive marriage. Until I married my second husband (at 33) the only people to ever reciprocate my love were my maternal...
    Chrylblck Chrylblck 36-40, F Aug 17

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    Went to the bloodbank yesterday. Trying to be comfortable in my quiet natured ways. It went alright.. My blood pressure was high, but not as high as normal.. And I wasn't all that...
    chaekowski chaekowski 26-30, M Aug 16

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    You arnt special. You don't get special treatment. Your devils fight them. And all this bullshit with these pill pushing therapist is getting out of hand. You have a personality...
    howmanylettercantiputhere howmanylettercantiputhere 16-17, M 3 Responses Aug 16

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    I'm glad for the first time in my life I can talk about my mental illness. For 40 years or so I have only had a few close friends that I can really talk to about "it". Even if I...
    Golondrinas Golondrinas 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Iris Iris is one of my alters who is really hard to control. She is very strong minded and loves to break people mentally. I've lost some of my best friends because they couldn't...
    Meliantha Meliantha 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Here's a small list. Just some of the people who are actively making lives more difficult for world citizens. -George Soros -Jeb Bush -Hillary Clinton -Alexis Tsipras -Barack...
    wanderingmind86 wanderingmind86 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 15

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