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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 5, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 29

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    Stigma is a self-perpetuated cycle. We cry out for awareness and understanding from the shadows of our self-imposed closet. We bang our heads against the walls, wailing songs of...
    o0capricious0o o0capricious0o 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I'm 19 i have suffered from mental illness since i was thirteen. I have borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression and psychosis. Everyday it is hard to know what's real...
    saucepan95 saucepan95 18-21 1 Response a week ago

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    I've got ADD and OCD and the **** affects my life in ways that most people can't understand. I guess I'm just looking for support but there is a stigma about mental illness and...
    fiendforlife fiendforlife 31-35, M 2 Responses Sep 3

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    Totally new to this..... So here you go! I've been struggling with mental illnesses for well over 18 years now. At first I was diagnosed as manic-depressive which the psychiatrist...
    accaliaraynne accaliaraynne 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 11

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    I'm starting to feel defeated. I am not allowed to attend college due to my mental disorders. Mainly my dissociativeness. And the frequency of my lows - borderline. I want...
    iMinnow iMinnow 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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    One of my best friends called me a "closet liberal" because of my beliefs and opinion on healthcare and gay marriage. I am a registered Republican and believe that these liberals...
    redhot1221 redhot1221 36-40, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    Our 20 year old son has an autism spectrum disorder and was recently diagnosed as bipolar 1. I knew right away, at his birth that he was different. Instinctively, I started full...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 2

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    For about 4 years now I have suffered with depression, and each year it has gotten worse. Starting out with avoiding people amd feeling sad more than normal, to feeling even sadder...
    Halcandra Halcandra 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 15

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    Why is it so hard for those of us who are suffering to get access to proper treatment. Not to mention the treatments available suck, the therapies are not as effective as...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 26

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    You know it's really bad when you think you need to be in a mental hospital
    whyusteens whyusteens 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    Mental😞🔫 Two years straight I barely finished a plate Whenever I did eat I purged not too long after All the weight I was losing My bones were protruding My food still...
    Suicidekisses Suicidekisses 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Today was Cass's turn. In some ways Cass's problems are obvious - he has all three types of tics that qualify for Tourette's, for example. But in many ways he has hidden problems...
    perseverer perseverer 51-55, F 1 day ago

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    I often feel the world would be a better place if i was aborted. I often feel that everyone hates me. When i find out that someone doesn't like me it effects me more than it...
    bbats bbats 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 9

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    I'm obsessed about what I want in life and can't get it out of my head. Its nothing uncommon at all but I know without work and complaining all the time wouldn't change anything. I...
    Quentine Quentine 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I see ppl at my school all the time who pick on mentally handicapped kids... I know what it feels like... It's a good thing kittayninja goes to my school or I would be in the...
    Lilwillbe Lilwillbe 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    Hi, I'm Eden, and I have problems: depression, schizophrenia, OCD, and symptoms seen in psychopaths and sociopaths. I feel terrified of myself. I can't believe that my brain...
    FlyingToHell FlyingToHell 13-15, F 6 Responses Aug 30

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    So I'm a borderline, I have borderline personality disorder. I feel I'm more on the mild side, as in I don't have (many) fits of uncontrollable rage. I'm also bisexual. I have a...
    StormFairy StormFairy 18-21, F Sep 10

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    I am dealing with a panic disorder with agoraphobia, depression and seizures and was currently discharged from the military. I developed all of this when I was admitted in a...
    Liddoturrboo Liddoturrboo 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, a diagnosis which my family has refused to accept and just think I have mood swings and just choose to be difficult. I also struggle...
    Thin234 Thin234 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 15

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    Is normal successful. Or dysfunctional. Or both. Or what.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Sep 8

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    Hmmm they say I do but do I .... Lol
    XoxJazzyxox XoxJazzyxox 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 28

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    I have unclean thoughts. I'm scared of myself. I'm sadistic. And I don't want to be. "Change your thoughts, you change your life" Yeah. Not that easy. I swear I'm psychotic...
    iMinnow iMinnow 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 29

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    Yup I'm jazzy and I'm a bag of mixed lollies ;)
    XoxJazzyxox XoxJazzyxox 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    I have Asperger's Syndrome It helps me find it difficult to talk to girls in the real world that probably why I'm single but I can't change it I was born with it but it upsets me...
    JonnyBurrows10 JonnyBurrows10 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 31

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    My sister told me about this website so I figured I'd give it a try since I cant sleep. I'm a soon to be 20 year old girl working as a cashier making minimum wage. I have been...
    AmberIrina AmberIrina 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 2

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    For me life every moment is almost struggle
    edpd1951 edpd1951 61-65, M 1 Response Sep 3

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    I enjoy dreams which I am visiting other dimensions of civilaztions
    edpd1951 edpd1951 61-65, M Sep 7

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    It's simple I want to die. For the past year it's what I've wanted. Too bad I could never do it
    Sara2255 Sara2255 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 11

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    Sometimes it's just impossible to tell what is only in my head and what is really going on. It's just hard to believe people when they are being nice to me... Maybe I'm just...
    mymasochismtango mymasochismtango 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 14

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    Always! Even on my good days it's in the back of my mind, scratching and clawing. I have tried to suicide 4 times in my life now. I can never envision life to a ripe old age....as...
    mmissy1012 mmissy1012 31-35, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I honestly hate it so much when people tell me I don't need my medication and I'm "dependant " on it. They tell me to just think about stuff and that I "know what's real" . They...
    alphadecay alphadecay 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 5

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    My whole family has issues with serious mental illness, and when we are not on meds we get more suicidal or depressed/and anxious. The natural remedies don't work, I have to...
    emeraldisles emeraldisles 16-17, F Aug 30

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    Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken is a true story about horse diving and living with the handicap of blindness. The Color Of Friendship is a true story about racism in different...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Sep 10

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    I'm going to list favorite movies and a serious and very real issue in life that the movie deals with: Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken - blindness handicap Stolen Miracle - kidnapping...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Sep 11

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    I know I'm crazy lol! People who think they're normal though are the real psychos...
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago