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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 agree. mental illness is hard to deal with. i have more than one illness. it can ruin lives. its so unfair. normal people judge so easily and dont understand.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    If you don’t live with mental illness, don’t make assumptions about what is and isn’t a symptom. Depression isn’t always sitting in a dark room, crying. It’s forgetting...
    SecretsOut14 SecretsOut14 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I do not struggle with mental illness but I have a few people close to me that do. It is a hard road to take for both those struggling with mental illness and those that care for...
    Yeahbaybey Yeahbaybey 46-50, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I wonder how many people that mock mental illness probably have a mental illness, but refuse to admit it.
    marinderso marinderso 26-30 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I tell people that I meet that I have Mental illness. I think they need to know . So I get sick and then they know what is happen. I have schizophrenia and bipolar . And I deal...
    Ladypanda Ladypanda 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 2

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    My latest Dx is MDD with psychotic features and PTSD. I am also a cutter and in recovery from bulimia. Previous Dx included schizoaffective disorder NOS, Bipolar 1 rapid cycling...
    Shonnie Shonnie 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I have a mental illness, and over time u know its actually ok... It's made it a little tougher, but really obstacles are made to overcome
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 31

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    It's been a week since I have been able to take my medication due to family not being to pick it up. I have Boarder Line Personality Disorder (very similar to Bi-polar), Auditory...
    octoberlovely octoberlovely 16-17, F 5 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I just got transferred from one community mental health center to another, and today the new psychiatrist asked me what I was diagnosed with during my last hospital stay. I said...
    sarahk85 sarahk85 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    Katie Hopkins is a disgusting human She seriously needs a ******* punch in the face how dare she slag us off for having an illness we can't ******* help it , and it's not just...
    lauj16 lauj16 16-17, F Mar 30

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    Schizophrenia. Schizo. Schiz. The crazy. Avoid. Illness that you can catch. Just those words whispering as eyes peer at me makes me squirm. I know I have a problem. Hell, I am a...
    octoberlovely octoberlovely 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    I have depression and anxiety and now my psychiatrist thinks I have borderline personality disorder. I used to think that made me crazy and unloveable but now I've just accept that...
    GreenEyess GreenEyess 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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    Sooooo I attempted suicide and had to go to an impatient ward and then long term day treatment. How fun! But anyways to anyone thinking of commuting suicide please don't. Please...
    garrettthecarrot garrettthecarrot 18-21, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I'm sick of myself. I'm sick of this torment. Everyone would be better off and happier without me. I can't even function right now. Everyone around me suffers. I have body...
    CountryPrincess88 CountryPrincess88 26-30, F 23 hrs ago

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    I'm living with social anexity and I'm sick of it
    Sarahhhh123 Sarahhhh123 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 27

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    Sometimes I miss some of the voices I heard when I was psychotic, because I felt less alone with them there.
    sabauuga sabauuga 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    Trying to block out these voices are so hard as they tell me that there helping me 😭😭
    lauj16 lauj16 16-17, F Mar 30

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    I'm so sad today. I tried to kill myself with bleach.
    lonelytransman lonelytransman 18-21, T 5 Responses Apr 1

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    i have bipolar depression,its hard,especially with two loving kids and a husband that calls you crazy.
    nanvalglex nanvalglex 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    I used to be REALLY psychotic, I'm trying to change that.
    northhatesyou northhatesyou 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    But it wont. Until you morons research yourselves.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 13

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    Barley ate anything today. Cant sleep..Help?
    DetachedCinnamon DetachedCinnamon 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 14

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    But the cure shrinks profits. According to the wealthy. Who list what is needed. But all that is needed is equality. Crime would vanish. If everybody was cared for...
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    Usually either early trauma or lack of intimacy. Of course if you have something else I'm willing to hear about it :)
    DepressingDude DepressingDude 51-55, M Apr 16

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    My parents keep telling me I'm a psychopath. that I have some weird gene that suppresses my emotions and causes me to act the way I do . But I can't find any info on the net . can...
    moondustfairy moondustfairy 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 16

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    it makes me so mad when people make fun of illed people. In my class there was a group a students making fun of people who have epilepsy, I wanted to tell them that that isn't nice...
    Francisco5 Francisco5 13-15, M Apr 17

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    I could could just hang myself, right now...
    Profweird Profweird 22-25, M a week ago

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    Paranoid schizophrenia + ADD = me being ****** up
    TGBman TGBman 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    I used to take Celexa (Citalopram), but that didn't do anything for my anxiety. Today is my first day on Zoloft (Sertraline) and I don't know what to expect because I didn't have...
    stef17 stef17 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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