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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Too Cray Cray to Function Sometimes, I wonder what my life would be like if I didn’t have a mental disease. Life is a series of events and decisions, a chain reaction. My chain...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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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 3 Responses Apr 24

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    I wish I never told anyone about my mental illness I only have anxiety and depression, but now that I have a mental illness it feels like there is a stigma that follows me...
    theincarnated1 theincarnated1 26-30 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    To be fair, even people living with mental illness don't understand mental illness. and that's what makes it so hard to pin down and both treat, and understand. there's so much...
    room10101 room10101 26-30, M 3 Responses May 8

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    im 28 despite what my profile says idk it just seems like people in their mid 30s late 30s 40s they all treat mental illness with the old ''its an excuse'' or ''snap out of it...
    poopmaster1960 poopmaster1960 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 27

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    im 28 despite what my profile says idk it just seems like people in their mid 30s late 30s 40s they all treat mental illness with the old ''its an excuse'' or ''snap out of it...
    poopmaster1960 poopmaster1960 51-55, M 1 Response Apr 27

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    When others judge someone because of their mental illness and call them names, they don't understand that it hurts really badly for that person. In our generation, we have a...
    arcticxcx arcticxcx 13-15, F 1 Response May 8

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    People who have mental illness didn't choose to possess that.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 14

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    It's weird experiencing mental illness in someone else. Because it's usually me. Causing a scene or losing my mind over the littlest thing. It's nice to be the rock sometimes. A...
    KairiKipling KairiKipling 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    Today I had the realization that I'm (obviously) not the only person who suffers from mental illness(es.) I googled the term "stigma," so as to check that I was going to properly...
    grindhound grindhound 22-25, T 3 days ago

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    Has anyone got into a physical fight with someone cuz of a mental illness and are you at fault?
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    This is really worrying and this happened 9 years ago. I believe I'm normal now as I've got back to reality. When I was about 17-23 let's say, i felt like i was in a film and that...
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86 26-30, F 4 Responses May 13

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    I am beginning to not worry as much about it. I guess you could say I choice not to treat it. I have borderline personality disorder. It ******* sucks because well, I just feel...
    ashless ashless 22-25, F 4 Responses May 13

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    Dissociative amnesia. Schizophrenia. Depression. All treated by a pretty pill in the morning from a Doctor who doesn't care about anything more than her next appointment in 5...
    octoberlovely octoberlovely 16-17, F 2 Responses May 12

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    I was diagnosed with severe depression when I was 12. I've had it ever since along with paranoia and anxiety. I cried when the doctor told me because I felt as if I was being told...
    colorfullove442 colorfullove442 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Stigma I really don't get stigma. It makes no sense to me. When I learnt about racism at school in first grade, I was like "That makes no sense. It'd be like if you treated people...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    It's something people can't see from the outside, so it's not so important in their eyes. If you have a broken leg or something that's clearly visible and people will be...
    Crazycoral84 Crazycoral84 26-30, M 6 Responses May 8

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    I mean Mental Disorders, there is a difference. One is named Jenna, she is practically my sister. She has a rather severe case of bipolar disorder. She and I know each other from...
    AnonWesker AnonWesker 13-15, M 1 Response May 14

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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 Apr 26

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    I'm not entirely sure how cast my illnesses are, but I know for a fact that I have more than anxiety and depression. I hear voices, I act a lot differently around a lot of people...
    MadiofAsgard MadiofAsgard 16-17, F 8 Responses Apr 28

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    I've been in the mental hospital for a month, twice.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 9

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    Truth is I'm. Not well I'm BPD and Bipolar and I'm already under the mental health team I do get help but these people ain't with me 247 I feel like I wanna section / hospitalise...
    blasianalien blasianalien 22-25, F May 10

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    I have a mental condition that causes me to wet my bed
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I think I finally understand the end game of Bipolar Disorder. Or at least I'm close enough to the other side of the tunnel to finally see. Once upon a time, I had completely...
    WarriorsHeart WarriorsHeart 22-25, M 1 Response 21 hrs 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 Apr 26

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    I don't know if this is just my depression talking, but I feel very alone, even in my marriage. I had a naive suspicion that I would feel better in marriage, that I would be fixed...
    DramaBabe94 DramaBabe94 13-15, F May 8

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    I'm just ****** up. I can function relatively well on my medication (antidepressant and mood stabilizer), but if I stop taking it I start going off the deep end. I'm extremely...
    sinsoftheflesh sinsoftheflesh 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Twenty years ago I suffered a brain injury during a drug experience. In some ways it I contributed to it, it's hard to say that I caused it because the aftermath is something I...
    mohinder23 mohinder23 36-40, M 4 days ago

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    I think I have social anxiety but never told anyone... I just can't... i can only seek help on the internet cause I'm too scared to tell my doctor :/
    thefinecat thefinecat 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    THEY BLOCK THE EQUIPMENT AND THEN START FIGHTS WITH ME THE WOMEN ARE JUST DRUNKEN TRASH ...HOWEVER WE WANNA MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW A SPECTICAL WHEN THEY SEE ONE YOU CAN REPORT...
    75KFORABUM 75KFORABUM 51-55, F 1 Response