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I Think Mental Illness Is Normal

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Dec 7, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    All my friends are sleeping now and I just can't stop thinking. I don't even know what I'm thinking of, the only thing that I know is that I can't turn my mind off. It's 5:37 am...
    JustAnotherGirlOnEP JustAnotherGirlOnEP 18-21, F 1 Response 30 mins ago

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    Oh, for sure. Every time someone shoots people in a theater or a church, the news says "He has to be mentally ill" whether or not he really is. Never mind that we are more likely...
    emperornorton47 emperornorton47 56-60, M 1 hr ago

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    A lot of people don't understand mental illness and a lot of people don't u sweats d those who don't understand mental illness. Naturally if you see something or someone who is...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M 2 hrs ago

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    I am surrounded by people who don't understand mental illness. Many don't care to understand it. I'm told that I'm moody, looking for excuses, or I just need to go to church. It...
    ProfessorPhoton ProfessorPhoton 26-30, M 5 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Many. Employers. Doctors. Landlords. Neighbors. No employment equality. No housing equality. No doctors listening. Neighbors disrespecting. Sad. Bet we could...
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    The family of mine are prejudiced over mental illness. They aren't educated, or easily understood. They don't share their opinions, yet they reject me. People should be educated...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I have bipolar disorder, BPD, social anxiety, perfectionism, and low self esteem. It's hard to love, or even accept myself. Nobody understands me, even psychiatrist or psychologist...
    halohai halohai 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I feel like a ******* alzheimer's patient. Today has basically been a series of psychotic episodes and a few moments of lucidity. Adjusting to new meds sucks.
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    It's so tiring to constantly battle yourself
    sarahbear420 sarahbear420 16-17, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    very sick of dealing with bipolar. all i want is to be done with it.
    EvilPrincess87 EvilPrincess87 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    A little story about life in a mental hospital. I have bipolar 2 and I drink, so a guy like that is bound to wind up in the hospital. Several years ago, I was inpatient and sitting...
    DanteBlake23 DanteBlake23 36-40, M 1 day ago

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    it got worse lately. im going to possibly up my meds. i wish it would just go away.
    awesomeguy3125 awesomeguy3125 26-30, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    No, I do not choose to hallucinate, I do not enjoy my mind playing tricks on me, and I would rather be dead than deal with this **** another second.
    DreamWarriorBlake DreamWarriorBlake 22-25, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    more than one. this isn't something I like to think of as a way of being sick. you know? I just don't like the term "mental illness" it bothers me more than my own ******* illness...
    itllkillme itllkillme 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I have been battling most of my life health issues I didn't understand until now. I have physical and emotional issues and cannot get long term disability although I keep trying...
    butterflyangels2387 butterflyangels2387 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Alex 'Jim' Jones explains conservatism in 20 minutes http://youtu.be/IVTYC6chmnU
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if only you can hear what others think of you? Would you be amused or what you rather have them keep to themselves? Well let me tell...
    Mindreader9 Mindreader9 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    So my family really enjoys scary movies and ghosts and stuff like that and so do I. But I have schizophrenia and really experience that's kinda stuff. It's weird to me that they...
    Dahlia86 Dahlia86 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    How can an individual be stupid enough to at once insist that the government shouldn't interfere with business and at the same time support a national sales tax and payroll tax? By...
    BlotOutTheSun BlotOutTheSun 22-25, M 4 days ago

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    I had autism later in life where I used to strong episodes of depression. When I begin to be autistic I slowly beginning to start losing my friends b/c I begin to be more social...
    F00dbarevaporating F00dbarevaporating 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    I'm upset, my little brother has mental illness and living with my uncle. Since he lived there he has gone down. My brother is talking crazy and talking about fbI. And he told me...
    Mindgeeee Mindgeeee 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I've got to realize that it takes one step at a time. I've been really focused on my mental health for the last couple years that I haven't really paid attention to my body. I have...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I had a massive med issues at the eating disorder clinic I was at this December. I started believing full heartily that they were pumping calories in to the air and water making me...
    tobehere tobehere 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    Got extreme ocd, feeling nuts all the time, not great!!
    theusunghero3 theusunghero3 26-30, M Jul 17

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    Ughh.. I remember waking up so confused, scared, cold & sweaty at the same time😩...... I feel like that smell would never go away... & his face keeps popping up. I try to get...
    beautifulego beautifulego 16-17 1 Response Jul 17

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    I am 1 in a million! Well 1.8 actually, A few years ago I was diagnosed with a rare disease called pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS). It affected my right knee. It's an...
    Birabian Birabian 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    Healthy/ good / energetic life= less stress, better moods, more fun, better well being. 1. BODY a. Fresh air/ better breathing- be around nature's greens, do ancient indian...
    Bllahblah Bllahblah 22-25, M Jul 14

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    I stopped taking Zoloft instantly last week monday. And I feel awful. I keep getting lightheaded and dizzy everytime I change my eye focus. Not only that but I've been eating a lot...
    stef17 stef17 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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    INTRO/ DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS? I have major depressive disorder/short cycle bipolar disorder/some sort of personality type disorder/all the anxieties/anorexia(recovered-mostly...
    Brittaney9999 Brittaney9999 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    My mother and maternal grandmother have anxiety, that's where I got it from.
    tsubakiblossom tsubakiblossom 22-25, F