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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 121 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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    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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    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 21-25, F 6 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I'm aware of the stigma of mental illness, as someone who has been accused of being mentally ill ever my mid 20s, even by friends. I hate the way the recommend I get some medicine...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 2 days ago

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    I had to see a psychiatrist today and I discussed with him how I feel and the fact that I'm getting back to screaming and crying in the streets due to feeling persecuted hated and...
    Anonymous79ea Anonymous79ea 31-35, F 9 Responses Jan 15

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    It's really sickening. Some people actually say they want a mental illness. Why would anyone want to have a mental illness? Idiots, idiots everywhere.
    WhatTheFrenchToast WhatTheFrenchToast 18-21, M Dec 31, 2014

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    Yes, I believe many people misunderstand the term and what it's all about. Many people think of the mentally ill as insane. Where as it's actually the opposite in some cases , it's...
    YBlah YBlah 41-45 2 Responses Jan 6

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    YES THEY DO.THERE IS STILL A STIGMA AROUND IT;THAT STIGMA MUST END NOW!To this very day for us, the sufferers, it is difficult to broach this subject without fear, trepidation...
    lunadelobos lunadelobos 41-45 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I have gone to numerous psychiatrists and psychologists throughout the years. I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar (never really asked I or II...
    sweetqueensbmd sweetqueensbmd 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    to all of the people who made fun of people who are special, go **** yourself. I was bullied for my brother having autism, and I've seen other kids get made fun of who are special...
    savvy1998 savvy1998 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    I have depression and social anxiety. I struggle with housework, and when I don't have to work, I am home by myself sleeping, or getting drunk and horny. But normally I am by...
    need2Bcontrolled83 need2Bcontrolled83 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 16

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    For some time I believed that my illness prevented my ability to see beauty, shrouded it, replaced it with dirt and ugly truth, harsh reality. Something helped me realise that...
    amillionpeople amillionpeople 22-25 Jan 14

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    Yeah, because it awesome when you constantly have to check if whats happening is real or just another hallucination, or have an ever present whisper at your back promising to...
    thetalkingmushroom thetalkingmushroom 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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    The most common one is OCD. It is usually used by annoying beats who find it "cute" to say that the have a mental disorder because they like to have things a certain way. OCD is...
    Theycallherelly Theycallherelly 13-15, F Jan 3

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    I am bipolar, have suffered with depression and ADD. I know this is not as bad as it gets. I have gotten a lot better by my mental choice and strive to do so. I would like to share...
    atellis11 atellis11 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I had a huge mental breakdown today. A friend found me in the hallway slumped over clawing at the walls and my forehead. He took me to the school lounge and the others scrambled to...
    HowArtThou HowArtThou 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    i have paranoid schizo affective disorder with severe anxiety and a 8 year old son who is autistic i never really think who may have it worse then me but i definitely feel like why...
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F Jan 3

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    I have ADHD. for that, I've been targeted by bullies. I really hate people who think that there's something wrong with me because my mind works differently. it's not my fault, okay...
    Alexandra398 Alexandra398 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 10

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    I'm too sensitive for life. It's extremely embarrassing. I had another freak out today. I just get so angry I can't calm down. I can't keep a job longer than a year I go into these...
    Floo64 Floo64 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    i take personality disorder test in similarminds several days ago: here's the result: paranoid 61% schizoid 70% schizotypal 65% antisocial 68% borderline 55% histrionic 43...
    chocolattee chocolattee 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    I have a slight speech impairment! People are so rude. How can I get help/dissability ... I suffer from depression ,i talk to myself !!whats going on with ME?????
    sweetjones38 sweetjones38 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    Like it's not a joke. So don't pretend you have one for attention and don't make fun of someone else cause they could be different.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    i thought i would feel better today but it hasnt changed. i thought when u ask for help, help will come. i thought by b praying n being spritual it would save me. Jesus had to die...
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    must i say how much more can i really bare... when i say i newd to be hospitalized im selfish... if i say help i get do the best u can.... i got my wisdom tooth pulled today cuz...
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 6

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    just learnt to accept it. ever felt trapped inside your head?
    mxrilynsdxughtxr mxrilynsdxughtxr 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    I suffer from Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Aspergers (a social disorder that is considered to be on the Autism spectrum. I went to a private for ten years (preschool to 8th...
    DrBruceBanner DrBruceBanner 16-17, F Jan 9

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    The feeling of impending doom washes over me, familiar. Not like how the sea washes over pebbles but instead more like a corrosive liquid, bubbling through just about anything...
    amillionpeople amillionpeople 22-25 Jan 14

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    Support appreciated. These are the diagnoses I've received over the years from ages 9-21. Well, not all of them have been diagnosed but there is high probability that I have them...
    ChantelSurvived ChantelSurvived 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 18

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    i might be at my worst point today i want to cut... get wasted n say f it
    tiiedrope tiiedrope 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I was just told by my mother about what I did today, and I don't seem to remember any of it. I got up, had a huge blur of nothingness until I got to work. Apparently I spoke to...
    gybe gybe 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I'm leaving. Goodbye and thank you.
    gybe gybe 18-21, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I read a great article about dating online and in general with mental illness. The author is 36 years old, and never married woman who suffers with mental illness herself. She says...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 Jan 10

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    Dear friend I want to share with you my experience with the mental health services in the uk I'm a dark skinned woman of Asian appearance .people often assume that I'm an Indian...
    lostsouluk lostsouluk 31-35, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    You'd think after Robin Williams' untimely death by suicide people would wake up to it, but we're still pushing that boulder up that steep and slippery hill. He was beloved by the...
    Lov3intheasylum Lov3intheasylum 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 15

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    Nope. Not a mental hospital. That's what they told me. It's not a mental hospital. I was 15 years old. They told me (2 psychologists in a room with me, and I think maybe my parents...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 1 Response Jan 10

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    False. Depression and selfishness go hand in hand. Withdrawing from the world hurts the people we love. What is more selfish than wallowing in self-pity? Most of us want to...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 6 Responses Jan 3

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    I grew up in a family full of mental illness. So I always had a fear of going crazy. I feared for my mental health since I was old enough to understand things like that. I made...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 3 days ago