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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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    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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    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 16-18, M 2 Responses Dec 20, 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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    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

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    i think this group should be ashamed of

    themselves. mental illness is not normal. it destroys the lives of many. if it was so normal everyone would commit suicide. if mental illness was normal everyone would think their brain was itching like i did. you are not thinking rationally. so no dont belittle what other...
    msworstlife msworstlife 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 7

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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 21-25, F 6 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Hi everyone. I never saw myself as the type to join any sort of online forum. Truth is, it makes me very uncomfortable to read my own words. I felt like I needed to join today...
    TheGeiser TheGeiser 18-21, F Nov 25

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    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 3 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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    With Wings is a group on Facebook which offers help and support for those who need it. It is a safe space for members to come together, make friends and help others as well as...
    withwingsgroup withwingsgroup 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    THERE IS HOPE! New meds, new therapist, good advice and fresh hope. My 21 year old son is bipolar, he self diagnosed when he was 12, and told his doctor. The doctor was...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F Dec 6

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    I suffer severely with mental problems, I have so many cos of some ****** up things that have happened, plus I was never a "normal kid" anyway. I hate it, I can't make friends cos...
    kyleishurt kyleishurt 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 24

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    It's like I have two sides. One side isn't really confident, but fine with people not liking her. The other is full of depression and anxiety ridden; unable to even speak to others...
    HarleyQuinn326 HarleyQuinn326 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 29

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    I enlisted for the military in early March. I had wanted to join since the 8th grade despite the depression and anxiety I suffered again and again. I worked hard to lose weight and...
    KeiKeiChan KeiKeiChan 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Well another episode today. He took off running from the bus. Tried to run into traffic and kill himself. It took 3 people from his school, a officer from a neighboring school and...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 2

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    i dont know but i just dont think rght. i do stupid things. i believe things that arent really happening. i have always been an idiot in my thinking i dont know why. is it because...
    msworstlife msworstlife 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 25

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    So I went to the elementary school with my sister, her boyfriend, and my nephew for a movie event. My Tourettes was acting up while I was there to the point I had a tic where my...
    MlNUET MlNUET 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I have recently been diagnosed manic depressive, bipolar, and split personality. I'm overwhelmed and don't know what to do. I would like to talk with some people who experience...
    Gothika88 Gothika88 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've been in hospital for over a year now for anorexia (though the last six months have just been daycare). I'm getting discharged in two weeks. But I'm noticing already that I'm...
    sunshinehannah sunshinehannah 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 4

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    i dont know whether to be ashamed i have mental ollness or whether to be angry at myself for messing up my life because of it
    msworstlife msworstlife 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 5

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    Today I had an extreme breakdown, now my knuckles are cut up and bleeding, my body hurts, and I feel destroyed and empty inside. I am considering getting treatment now, being, my...
    Britt4ny Britt4ny 70+, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    its very difficult just to cope with my own mind. i have to be super in tune to look after my health or else i go nuts and irrational doing inappropriate stuff ( apparently ,i...
    catnip246 catnip246 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 29

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    I have an anxiety disorder called GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and I think I might be bipolar because one minute I'm good and fine then when traumatic things come up I...
    sidney2013 sidney2013 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4

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    I feel that I am suffering from paranoia.I always imagine my friends talking **** about me behind my back or think that the whole world is against me.That kind of thing kills me...
    Namidanoregret Namidanoregret 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9

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    I recently found a suicide note I had written when I was at my worst with my eating disorder and depression. Although I'm still struggling with both of those things, I can...
    kaylxlynn kaylxlynn 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 18

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    I have eating disorders if somebody want to talk, i will listen 'cause i know how ir feels
    Loveskinny123 Loveskinny123 16-17 Nov 19

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    My son snapped at school again today. Threatened to jump out the window and kill himself. Councilor told him that wasn't an option because the window doesn't open enough obviously...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F 3 Responses Nov 20

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    I truly do. Vile, disgusting people.
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M Nov 23

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    Do you ever get so upset and hyped up that you feel like you could literally snap and "accidentally" stab or throw yourself off the balcony without realising you were doing it??
    neelyon neelyon 18-21, F Nov 29

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    I visited a psychiatrist for the first time today because I have an attention problem and she prescribed me an attention deficit medicine without screening me so anxiety washed all...
    psychedelicblues psychedelicblues 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 29

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    I've had some experience, wen someone around you has religious delusions and rants and raves at you saying their talking to "god" and that your going to hell and need to be saved...
    Emeraldisles5 Emeraldisles5 18-21 Dec 2

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    I have OCD, AvPD, PAPD, and chronic depression
    amaui1 amaui1 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 4

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    I feel I'm going a little crazy again, I feel I don't know what to do with myself, who to turn to or where to even go. I have felt okay these past few months but something has...
    ExPButterfly ExPButterfly 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    I hurt myself for the first time in over 2 years. I thought I was doing really well with it, but everything just came crumbling over the smallest of things...and I couldn't stay...
    rorenchan rorenchan 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    If they don't like you, they will take it out on YOU and YOU will get the blame for it. Whether that be mocking your mental illness, thinking what you have is 'nothing', laughing...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Nov 18

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    Good sleep is the greatest medicine of all. Mental disturbance can be eradicated by a solid sleep of 6-7 hours a day. In fact, all problems in life can be solved with the clear...
    nissan124 nissan124 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 25

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    I am in a support group on Facebook and I saw a post a girl made. She said "Am I the only one who fears the police now because of the stories of them killing people with mental...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 23

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    I'm feeling super depressed. I have been working in a pizzeria as a supervisor for over a year now and I'm paid pretty well. But, I've been thinking about getting a better job or...
    NoRegretsAndNoRemorse NoRegretsAndNoRemorse 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 27

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    I met my ex in March. He was very affectionate, sweet, asking for me to not to leave. At first, I was full of doubts, insecurities, fears. I suffer from anxiety and depression...
    hanna1983 hanna1983 31-35, F 5 Responses Nov 18

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