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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 137 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My parents. My mother was extremely abusive and had a pretty bad mental illness. I don't even know how I survived those six years...
    Valeph Valeph 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    Last night I told someone in my life about my psychotic disorder for the first time ever. She responded really well. She didn't really know anything about psychotic disorders and...
    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    Normally I am in pain. Being in pain is like a default state for me. I do not enjoy my life. I feel trapped and stagnated almost constantly. My brain cycles through numerous things...
    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    I need some advice from other people who have been through the mental health system and have been diagnosed with mental disorders. When I was diagnosed, it did not feel official...
    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 2 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    I suffer from PTSD. My grandma constantly makes fun of me and tells me to get over it. That it's all in my head. I can't take it anymore.
    NightshadesSnowflake NightshadesSnowflake 13-15, F 1 Response 23 hrs ago

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    I have a friend who is bipolar and possibly schizophrenic. What books would you recommend for me to read? I want to understand it better and help if I can.
    phoenix9009 phoenix9009 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    The stigma surrounding mental health NEEDS to end. I can't believe that mental health discrimination still exists in 2016. Regardless of laws in place, people are still being...
    thisisjuno thisisjuno 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I've seen people on TV who had a genetic condition and If he has a girl it won't be having the same condition but If he has a boy then he'll end up like him and he said I won't...
    FrostyElsie FrostyElsie 22-25, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    I think I have schizophrenia, but I cannot talk to my psychiatrist about it, nor any of my family. I have a fear of doctors. I don't know what to do.
    Dawhead Dawhead 16-17, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    whoever created this your awesome!! ????
    AnxiousNoodle AnxiousNoodle 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have just been diagnosed a couple weeks ago with anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder although i have had anxiety since a kid. I also deal with dissociation due to my anxiety...
    AnxiousNoodle AnxiousNoodle 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    I am working on a theory. I believe Multiple Personality Disorder is not actually a disorder but a phenomenon of quantum electrodynamics. I have many documented cases where the...
    sandygene sandygene 41-45, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    How to know what delusions you will be prone to (or what a person is struggling with who has these beliefs) based on your current internal conflicts Feelings of inadequacy...
    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    My girlfriend has Schizophrenia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it has been a big struggle for her. She's one of the reasons I'm so hooked on the subject of mental illnesses. I...
    AnonWesker AnonWesker 16-17 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I've been off of medication for several months. I went cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant. It was amazing not to be on meds and feel "normal". When I lost my baby I was...
    Audreydarling Audreydarling 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm not so sure about this but after i read many articles and medical site i think i suffer from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). It caused by unpleasant or grisly experience...
    elishahr elishahr 18-21, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    ...my husband says i think negatively, according to what i tell him. i don't want to be. i find sometimes my stories are tainted with negativism. i don't want to be like this...
    coffeeonice coffeeonice 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I don't get mad or sad anymore. My friend and stepbrothers make me laugh, but that's about it. I have been a hermit or recluse whatever the word is for about 15 years now I have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Feb 5

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    I learned a knew word that is effecting me right now. Indefatigable incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F Feb 3

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    I developed a mental illness while I was at psychological ward that was supposed to help me.
    TowerJimmyDabzs TowerJimmyDabzs 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 1

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    I haven't heard from my (ex?) boyfriend in almost three weeks. He is still not well and continues to be delusional and aggressive. I don't know what to do so I sent him a card. It...
    Lann2015 Lann2015 31-35, F 4 Responses Feb 1

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    I've been struggling with dissociative episodes, caused by traumatic abuses of my childhood. It's like being half conscious, and I feel no will to move. I'm heavy. I'm numb or...
    malanxious malanxious 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    The ones they can't change, or brainwash they call mentally ill
    DarkKnightRanger DarkKnightRanger 26-30, M Jan 30

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    My brother & father have a mental illness. Its still not sure what the diagnosis is, likely schizophrenia. I feel that I have inherited something too (depression). The truth is...
    yasmine98 yasmine98 16-17, F 5 Responses Jan 30

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    I don't know if I have a mental illness but I suffer from anxiety and don't like taking tablets for it as it will make me feel funny I have trouble taking medication only ibuprofen...
    Pszkit1990 Pszkit1990 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    I have been diagnosed with bipolar with psychotic features. it has been very hard dealing with this. I have delusions and hallucinations when I am not on medicine. but I think we...
    kparker33 kparker33 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    my bipolar disorder and anxiety is ruining my life. i can not sustain a relationship. i usually do not even get past the initial meeting. i start to get overbearing and pushy...
    LannaKitten LannaKitten 41-45, F Jan 29

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    I know I'm always complaining about what my stranger for a Mother and her boyfriend and his family do to me, but I only post my experiences because I'm afraid. I know that I cannot...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F Jan 29

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