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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 124 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 21-25, F 6 Responses Jan 9, 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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    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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    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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    The old school "You're either smart or dumb and the cure is to try harder" philosophy. There was a book * read where this special education teacher had one student, 7 yrs old; very...
    CrossCresentCreed CrossCresentCreed 18-21, F Feb 18

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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...
    LostandFading LostandFading 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Hello! This is my personal story of living with schizophrenia: I used to tell people "I have a bad brain." I am not going to say I suffer from schizophrenia but rather I endure...
    Amyloukay Amyloukay 26-30, F 7 Responses Feb 10

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    I have at least four, diagnosed. Depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD... And possible bipolar disorder. - "Mental illnesses. They are no less real than physical illnesses, and often...
    iFortiTude iFortiTude 31-35 1 Response Feb 18

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    It makes me so damn angry when people mock someone who has a mental illness. The people who have a mental illness, are suffering enough, and going through enough hell, but to have...
    HisLittleLady HisLittleLady 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    I found research for signs n symptoms leading up to a mental illness episode , or of symptoms signs explaining a episode , but anyone know of any info explaining everyday life that...
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 24

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    You know what I dislike very much? When people act like mental illness doesn't exist. You know what I also dislike? The people that force people to think that way, it seems a lot...
    Euphoricbunnymaster Euphoricbunnymaster 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 10

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    So, I have tons of mental illnesses (too many to write out.) and the only way I can escape is through self-harm, I am already going to a councilor and I don't want to tell him...
    HolyFire202 HolyFire202 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 8

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    People without a mental illness will never understand the severity of it. They have no right to talk. How would you like to battle your own mind every God damn day of your life?
    classAteam classAteam 16-17, F Feb 10

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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 2 days ago

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    Our 21 year old son is Bipolar 1. He had his first full manic episode with a psychotic break his first semester in college. We learned in a DBSA meeting that it can take two...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    I suffered schizophrenia for the last 7 years, It's been a wild ride, so scarring and harrowing and dark I can barely believe. It was all to do with Heaven and Hell and angels and...
    Lawlor Lawlor 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 13

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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...
    Derangedjdub Derangedjdub 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    after I had left the hospital my past had caught up with me my so called friends abondoned me and shunned my for leaving them How could i tell them that i coulden't do drugs with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 5

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    Quite a few, actually. Let's see: Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome Asperger's syndrome Depression Obsessive Compulsive Disorder That's me.
    ftmFreddy ftmFreddy 18-21, T 5 Responses Feb 9

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    I hawe anxiety and depresion witch get sadly worst then before =(
    MilenaLena MilenaLena 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 10

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    I've lived my life Flying with broken wings A shattered soul And destroyed dreams My mind makes up lies Things that are not true Saying things like you're ugly And no one...
    Suicidekisses Suicidekisses 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    I've only ever seen my regular doctor so who knows if I actually have a diagnosis but I'm taking medicine for anxiety/depression. I recently switched because the other one made me...
    SuperLogan SuperLogan 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 15

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    counseling meditation walking talking to good friends reading good books Even though i have been trying to do my best..this couple of months. Sometimes i just have to waiting for...
    JerryJerryA JerryJerryA 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 16

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    I have sleeping disorders, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. It just really sucks too many pills and my therphist annoys me at times.
    RedDog123321 RedDog123321 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 19

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    i want to cut right now so bad
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 9 Responses Feb 19

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    I have struggled with depression and anxiety for a great part of my adulthood. There have been times where things were great, years at a time actually but I have now slipped back...
    butterfly2924 butterfly2924 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 22

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    I when my body image starts to haunt me and I cant sleep at night. I guess thats just what I have to deal with when I have Borderline Personality Disorder
    ALivingTeenIdle ALivingTeenIdle 13-15, T 1 Response Feb 24

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    Sooo doc put me on Wellbutrin for anxiety and ADHD... The comedown sucks... Anyone on this ever get severe migraines and depressive comedown?
    HalfEvil87 HalfEvil87 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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

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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 17 hrs ago

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    I am a psychology student, but I am not a typical one. I study mental disorders on my own. I read stories of poor girls being raped, I go to the library and borrow books about...
    littlelittlepooky littlelittlepooky 18-21, F Feb 11

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    I had a sister with a brain injury, but she sied after 5 years. But I have mental illnesses myself, so I guess it is easier for me to understand.
    WeepingWillow27 WeepingWillow27 31-35, F Feb 8

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    I love life when I am around the right people, I often cheer others up and I always get told I am funny. But sometimes I get really down, and behind closed doors I always feel down...
    Alwaysundecided Alwaysundecided 22-25, F Feb 11

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