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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 don't think this break or breakup will last long. It doesn't feel like it. The way he broke up with me was not normal. I feel like sooner or later he'll figure it all out. I...
    taminglife taminglife 22-25, F 1 hr ago

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    I believe people in my family misunderstand my mental illness. If I had the guts I'd ask "what makes you think I would actually choose this?" It feels like punishment for something...
    iusedtolovemyself iusedtolovemyself 46-50, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    My girlfriend and I stayed in a hotel for the 4th of July festival. She didn't really want to be near me so I kinda figured it was because her grandma was nearby. After taking me...
    Noahsam97 Noahsam97 16-17, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I am both bipolar type 1 (manic/mixed episodes) and I have dissociative identity disorder. (DID) if you're not sure what to make of that diagnosis, it used to be called multiple...
    Jakesantiiinked Jakesantiiinked 18-21, M 11 hrs ago

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    It's rediculous, life is hard for everyone and takes it's toll, for some more than others but i constantly think if i had been adopted by a loving family what i may have been. The...
    MushroomFaerie148 MushroomFaerie148 26-30, F 14 hrs ago

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    I personally feel as though this needs to be said. Please do not demean those with clinical anxiety by claiming that you, too, have anxiety. As human beings, we all experience...
    Blizzardpaw Blizzardpaw 16-17, F 1 Response 22 hrs ago

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    I realise how weird it is for me to think this way but I am really tired of being treated as a normal (stable) person I really am not a stable person I am tired of everybody not...
    PiecingMeBackTogether PiecingMeBackTogether 18-21 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I keep a diary to make sure I don't forget anything. But occasionally I'll forget that I've written something, and when I go back over it it's like, what the **** was I thinking?
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    http://loveaschizophrenic.blogspot.com/ This is my blog about life from the view of a schizophrenic. Please read, comment, and share with friends and family. Thanks
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I have suffered from depression. If depression is a mental illness then I have suffered a mental illness. Sometimes I think I am also going insane.
    Maybeincubus Maybeincubus 22-25, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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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...
    BroknGirl89 BroknGirl89 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Sometimes I hate myself so much and I dunno why. Sometimes I don't want to continue. Sometimes I feel so alone even though I know I have a lot of people that care about me. I...
    Fay03 Fay03 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    Delusions, hallucinations, talking to myself, psychotic episodes that make American Psycho seem loving and thoughtful. Worse, I don't think I'm adjusting to my new meds very well...
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    My ex was molested by her brother. I am hoping you weren't wanting me to ease that line In somewhere else. I stated it first because mental Illness, like other serious Issues...
    jjskinner3 jjskinner3 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    I think I might be a sociopath, but I don't know. Unless something happens right in front of me, I have no reaction. For example, my mother told me that someone who used to be...
    LyRa13 LyRa13 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I want to help others going through what I am going through. I have been struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts for years. I have social anxiety, so even going to...
    Cyhyreath Cyhyreath 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I have a chronic illness and feel very lonely. I want to be a wife and share my life but how???
    loveroflife44 loveroflife44 46-50, F 6 days ago

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    I've been going through so many things the past few years and I'm honestly getting better. It's just sad that I go through really bad down times. I stay in and I just feel...
    beax3 beax3 22-25, F Jun 28

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    I've been going threw therapy because I had voices in my head and susidal thoughts and one day they sent me to a hospital (not mental)and I was there for 2 weeks then after a...
    cloudysky2257 cloudysky2257 13-15, F Jun 28

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    So, my mum thinks this is normal. I think I have OCD about cleanliness. My room has to be 100% clean, I used disinfectant wipes to wipe my beside table and dresser. Everything...
    BlueNZGreen BlueNZGreen 16-17, F Jun 26

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    I feel like I'm going insane. My mind is not normal. I have panic attacks constantly but there is never anyone who can help. Everyone looks down on me for it and doesn't understand...
    thissworld thissworld 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 26

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    help i have done it again i have been here many times before hurt myself again today and the worst part is there's no one else to blame, ouch i have lost myself again and i am...
    highondarknes highondarknes 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 25

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    so i thought i would try nami out but am disturbed to find the have one family suppory meeting per month and one suicide survivor meeting per month. on the same night. mental...
    DeAnnsharon DeAnnsharon 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 24

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    if you really think about it... there is no difference between a skirt and a suit they are both made of cloth they both contain atoms they are just made differently they both cover...
    Stressed14 Stressed14 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    It sure as hell is not a choice. I just read a lot of judgemental a$$hole comments from people who lack factual knowledge on mood disorders. There is a reason they do cognitive...
    krazeekatie krazeekatie 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 22

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    I don't think I'm doing a very good job. I've only ever wanted to be normal. It's the one big thing that has brought me peace - knowing that I can be normal. But.. I don't think...
    7Questions 7Questions 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    Seven things Republicans have blamed the Charleston massacre on apart from race.For some reason, Republican politicians, particularly those running for the White House, seem...
    peza peza 51-55, M 4 Responses Jun 21

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    I've been cutting myself since sixth grade, which is when I was bullied a lot (I'm currently in eleventh grade). In early May, I attempted suicide by overdosing on my...
    nerdfighter314 nerdfighter314 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 20

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    My first mental illness was major depression, it began around the age of 6. I would become withdrawn from social interaction and remain in my bedroom. I didn't want people to come...
    CelticBoxingGuy CelticBoxingGuy 41-45, M Jun 19

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    I'm in a very high manic stage.. the flashbacks are coming back...the voices the people...the rapidness is all too crazy I can feel myself rocking from sane to psychosis...(sigh...