Post

I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 90 People

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Hello

    hello this is just to say hi to all you good folks
    Liquifaction Liquifaction 46-50, M Jul 15, 2013

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    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

    Your Response

    Cancel

    Related Experiences

    Not only do I hate mental illness, but I hate that people don't understand it. I have lost three family members to mental illness, two from addiction and the other from depression...
    shellseagirl shellseagirl 41-45, F 8 Responses a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have people close to me in my life who have mental illness. I work on the business side of mental healthcare. Right now I am incredibly frustrated with someone near and dear to...
    dropdeadredhead dropdeadredhead 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 24

    Your Response

    Cancel
    With the recent passing of Robin Williams with depression related illness, it still baffles me peoples reaction to depression (and mental illness as a whole). The second that you...
    StereoTypical StereoTypical 41-45, M 3 Responses a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I'm new here. And I really wanted to post this, because I struggle with it everyday. And it is that I fear I have multiple mental illnesses. It feels really strange to post that...
    iHack iHack 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Today my psychiatrist told me: "Things are always going to be harder for you than for other people. You need to accept that you have a disability." I think that I have accepted...
    Babaghanouj Babaghanouj 22-25, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I am writing a journal of my research of fear & what I'm still experiencing of my Depersonalization Disorder Fear Very few people don't understand...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I'm battling my mind every day, stuck inside the house because I'm terrified of the outside world. I'm on Prozac, but I still feel like the world is giving up on me, or already has...
    pushmeunder pushmeunder 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 30

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have Adjustment Disorder with mixed anxiety and disorder, and yes I was diagnosed with it, not self-diagnosed. I feel depressed most of the times, I always get butterflies in my...
    xMikayla xMikayla 13-15, F 6 Responses Jul 23

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have a 20 year old son that is bi-polar 1. He sucks the energy and life out of us. I love him but resent him and what this illness has taken from our marriage. I exercise...
    debbiedee623 debbiedee623 51-55, F 2 Responses Jul 31

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have a **** load of stuff wrong with me but I won't let it control my life again. I'm doing my best to cope with this incurable ****. I was diagnosed with the skitsophrenia(I can...
    ponycupcake ponycupcake 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 2

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My official diagnosis is borderline-rapid cycling manic depressive disorder with anxiety. For those who don't understand that completely it means I have borderline personality...
    SeraphineL SeraphineL 22-25, F Aug 3

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Hello, I'm 26 years old and I too have been suffering with schitzophrenia and drug induced psychosis.. I've only been diagnosed 2 weeks ago and now the love of my life ditched me...
    Ladevans Ladevans 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    My official diagnosis is bipolar 1 disorder with mixed anxiety intermittent explosive anger and post traumatic stress disorder, But I still got denied social security disability go...
    dybbukbox dybbukbox 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 7

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I've been through anxiety attacks to panic attacks & depression you see me still living, I don't know why Robbin Williams just ended his life, it shows money doesn't make you happy...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 2 Responses a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Anxiety attacks aren't so bad once you get the hang of it, like when it attacks me I just think "okay is this anxiety or it's panic?," lol depends on the symptoms so I'm like oh it...
    Joman9 Joman9 16-17, M 1 Response a week ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have MPD/DID. It's hard to live a real life. I can't focus enough. I don't have distinct personalities that I know take over. But I know I'm more than one person. How do other...
    Ludavin Ludavin 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 22

    Your Response

    Cancel
    The definition of liberalism is the belief in moving forward. If things stayed the same forever and always where would we be?
    tonib123 tonib123 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have split personality disorder and it is becoming very difficult to remain one person all day. I'm feel like giving up I don't know where or who I am half the time. No insurance...
    enrichedreamer enrichedreamer 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 27

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I would love to be able to clear my mind for one minute!
    mandyownstimmy mandyownstimmy 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 30

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I am OCD (of to be really obsessive, in alphabetical order, I'm CDO). The main manifestation of this is excessive hands washing. But there are other things I do, tidiness things...
    Gaspard91 Gaspard91 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 1

    Your Response

    Cancel
    When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when's something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes...
    SsMcGavin SsMcGavin 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 6

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I have bipolar yay not yay .
    Mihkowakayios Mihkowakayios 13-15, M Aug 8

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I am 25 years old and have emetophobia (a severe fear of vomiting) I have had it for 17 years. I have had anorexia on and off for the same amount of time due to restricting my...
    Missrebelsoul Missrebelsoul 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 8

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Im just wondering has anyone else this problem? Im scared to go to school or go places that are quite because i get this feeling that im going to say out something bad when i...
    amyslatts amyslatts 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 11

    Your Response

    Cancel
    3 years ago, when i was 14, i tried to commit suicide in my bathroom. I felt so ashamed and hated myself for it; my mom pretends like it never happened. After that i struggled...
    ThinOrDieTryingxox ThinOrDieTryingxox 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 11

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I went to the nurse practitioner today and she wanted to put me on 3 different meds and I'm like Jesus why me ! My ******* brain is so frustrating. I have bi polar and I have not...
    kpweant1 kpweant1 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I'm really bored... and it makes me sick that the first thing that popped into my head was cutting...
    PierceTheGreen PierceTheGreen 13-15, F 11 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It's really sad with all the money and fame that he still felt bad enough that he didn't want to live anymore. He was a well loved celebrity. Goes to show you that true depression...
    455cargirl 455cargirl 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 11

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I feel like I have to get this off my chest as it is making me increasingly ill. My life in general is making me increasingly ill. I am 21 year old with Borderline personality...
    Daisypie Daisypie 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 25

    Your Response

    Cancel
    It started with me getting these high pitch squeals. Like a surge up my spine and unless I concentrated hard, it would come out. Usually when I was most peaceful it would suddenly...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 22

    Your Response

    Cancel
    When Robin Williams died I was thinking about life and death in general. I wondered about things that make life reasonable to live. There are so many people who commit suicide...
    zyakkui zyakkui 18-21, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Demons and Mental Illness: Are you a cutter or considering suicide? My experiences and a prayer * * There are several of examples of people in the Bible who were afflicted...
    Heavenbound5511 Heavenbound5511 36-40, F 2 Responses Aug 7

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I left my husband about 2 and 1/2 years ago. We were together for 7 years and we have 3 beautiful children together, but our marriage was toxic. He was extremely emotionally...
    Octoberbreeze Octoberbreeze 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 27

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I just don't think there is a such thing as "normal". Even people who think they are normal are actually pretty weird in certain ways and in a way it is kind of weird to think you...
    LoveHate711 LoveHate711 16-17, F Jul 28

    Your Response

    Cancel
    Those who think they are normal are actually the crazy ones. I know I'm not normal.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 2 days ago

    Your Response

    Cancel
    I definitely find modern life difficult to cope with - the rat race mentality is just not really something that I can relate to even though I'm obviously living in it every day. I...
    VintagePearls VintagePearls 31-35, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

    Your Response

    Cancel