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I Think the Ignorance About Mental Health Issues Must End

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    Social media is forever diminishing my faith in

    mankind. Someone kills themselves and it's on the news, on Youtube, online articles - so many vile comments about how 'it's their own fault', 'it's in their heads'.. 'You decide to sad, miserable, unstable'... I have grown up with people who also LIE about their mental health...
    stphnrd stphnrd 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2015

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    I hate that people think mental illness is a

    sign of weakness or always somehow the fault of the sufferer. People are rarely blamed for having physical illnesses but it seems that when the illness is in the brain, many people can't sympathize. As someone who suffers from PTSD, depression, and anxiety, I hate it when people...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 6

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    And it should start with law.

    Drug-related crime should be treated as health problem and should only be sent to a drug court. Drug addicts do not belong in the same place as rapists and murderers. Schools should have a mandatory class on mental disorders, how our brain and chemicals work and practicing...
    JustBreathe4J JustBreathe4J 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 21, 2014

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    Mental Health Ignorance

    Many are ignorant when it comes to mental help.  This ignorance must end for once in for all, and will it?  I doubt it!What if when mental workers do not understand, then what?
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 26, 2012

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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 1 Response Jul 4, 2015

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    Ignorence Equal's Fear

    You are walking around walmart doing your shopping and you see a new display set up and you stop to look. You pick up a box and read the ingredient's and turn to your family and say. Hey !! we have never had depression how would you like to try so tonite and if we dont like it we...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 9 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    Get Educated

    People are just plain ignorant when it comes to mental health disorders. They think if you have a diagnosis you are automatically incapable of living a normal life or other things.  I say stop the insanity!!! (I mean the normal people's of course)
    cinfullynn cinfullynn 46-50, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2008

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    "mental Illness"

    None of my friends really know anything about me, or i guess know any of my main traits. I proberly have the longest list of "mental illness's" out of anyone ive met. Autism, add, adhd, ocd, bipola, deppression, personality dosorder the list goes on BUT this is what the doctor...
    HeadphonesVocal HeadphonesVocal 26-30, M 10 Responses May 12, 2011

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    We all deviate from the norm,

    one way or another. That's the beauty and horror of our wired memory box - lots are yet to be discovered, a labyrinth of deadly and sweet surprises. That's why we should all keep in mind that "evil", "stupid", "psycho", "abnormal", are nasty labels to be put on people who have...
    abcdefghisabelmnopqrst abcdefghisabelmnopqrst 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 9, 2015

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    berangere berangere 66-70, F Nov 13, 2015

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    I have several serious diagnosed mental

    illnesses .... and if most people I know found out, they would either not believe or not want to associate with me. . . some of the things I struggle with seem so normal and easy to others and my inability angers them. . . and even those who try to be sympathetic say the most...
    Llyz Llyz 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 2015

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    last weeks suicide of my sister in law got me

    thinking. my brother also lost his lifr to suicide. and my other brother almost succeded in his attempt. my son is bipolar and my other son has asbergers. the lord blessed me to not have these issues but i think its time to carry a message of hope to others and love. im going to...
    DeAnnsharon DeAnnsharon 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 23, 2015

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    DeAnnsharon DeAnnsharon 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 17, 2015

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    But it wont. Morons are morons.

    Tv and moronic successes multiply The next generation cant fix crap. The real rulers wont ever let them. Earth is doomed to copy mars. Because the wealthy want profit More than safely copying star trek.
    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M Jun 11, 2015

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    I'm so sick of being told

    that my mental health issues are all "in my head" and how I just need to snap out of it. I hate being told I am a liar when in reality it's something I have no control over. So discouraging.
    azigzaggylyss azigzaggylyss 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 20, 2013

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    It's so ******* terrible,

    all this ******* people don't take it seriously cause its not a real thing to them. when its basically like a broken leg
    GoSameUrSelf GoSameUrSelf 18-21, T 2 Responses Jan 7

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    Especially in the black community.

    We're afraid to speak up and admit that there are mental health issues that exists in fears of people treating us different or being defined as crazy. We're not crazy, just human. Most are trying to appear they have no problems, but they do.We need to be true to ourselves and...
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 5 Responses Nov 4, 2015

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    Hi everyone I'd like to gain some help

    or advice on this topic, my boyfriend who I've been dating for 4 months has borderline personality disorder which I'm not phased by. Since we've been dating he has got better but recently his paranoia has been getting the better of him. I've recently been under a lot of stress...
    jaexo jaexo 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2015

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    Got Empathy?

    Even sympathy will do. I find that some people are so ******* ignorant about mental illness, so wrapped up in their own experience that they can't even begin to imagine what life is like with any kind of mental disturbance. These are the kind of people who seriously believe...
    chairmanmeow chairmanmeow 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 28, 2009

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    http://foodmatters.tv/content/the-link-between-nutrition-mental-health-tedx-talks
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F Aug 1, 2015

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    President Obama's executive actions on gun

    control once again put the issue under the spotlight. I agree it's a priority that needs leadership and public's reevaluation, but gun control being the focal point after every tragedy makes me question the real intention of the debate. Regardless of one's position on the issue...
    arisbj arisbj 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    Mental health matters,

    people matter, you matter. I can't fight my battle alone, and you don't have to either. Nothing is more terrifying than battling with your own mind everyday. #ReachOut #StayPositive #StayStrong #BeatMentalHealth
    Miss1991xx Miss1991xx 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2015

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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 health is everyday stuff and the aftermath of a family member of mentally ill people think services need to be more than once a month!##
    DeAnnsharon DeAnnsharon 41-45, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2015

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    i saw this on FB just now.

    . . and felt like so many people won't understand why this is such a powerful things. but those who DO get it, we need to be reminded all the time. . . i don't know if this was the best place for this post. . . but when i scrolled though my groups, this one jumped out to me...
    Llyz Llyz 36-40, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2015

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    The stigma can't be more prominent in my life.

    From my parents, teachers, coworkers... All I hear is "mind over matter," or "go out more" or "it's all in your head." They don't know. Especially after the news story of the depressed pilot who crashed the plane. As a depressed person since age 7, living a fulfilling life seems...
    Littlegirlblue22 Littlegirlblue22 18-21, F Apr 8, 2015

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    What I have noticed, the ignorance is

    both ways. When I was in my deepest depressions people told me it was in my head. "I only need to change my thinking" . Other people told me. "Wow you who are so positive thinking person, how come u are depressed? " then I've got meds and talked to a several therapist and they...
    realcomplicated realcomplicated 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 7

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    It's amazing how ignorant

    and backwards some people are towards. Even those who think they're clued up have bouts of ignorance regarding it.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M Aug 2, 2015

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    I work in the mental health field

    and it irritates me to no end to hear mental health professionals say someone is "too fat for an eating disorder." I want to look at them and ask how small someone has to be for self induced vomiting daily has to be dangerous? Even people who weigh 300 lbs can have bulimia. They...
    tygerseye tygerseye 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 10

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    This video I saw tonight

    and I think this researcher says the truth. http://youtu.be/G0xPa0qVvl4
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 10, 2015

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    They refute our honesty.

    As soin as sad grants disabled pay. And force meds that dont help. Plus house us where only crime lives. Plus rob us of needs. And call it benevolent. And say why hire that honest bloke. When they are the fillth profitting. By bullies and liars ruling.
    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M Jun 17, 2015

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    What If It Were You Or A Loved One?

    Its hard to imagine and understand why people were put here to suffer from health conditions and various physical limitations. Shouldn't we all have a chance for a "normal" life" ? Why must any one suffer? The only answer I can come up with is, while they are suffering- we are...
    realityvsdream realityvsdream 36-40, F 5 Responses Feb 6, 2012

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    I have depression. I can't "think my way out of

    it". I don't choose to be sad. I don't choose to sleep all day. I can't think positively and magically fix myself no matter how many times I try. I will cry for hours and ignore you and basically be a zombie. I still do my best. I have general anxiety. I can't "not worry about...
    Blueaquatic Blueaquatic 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 7

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    Hey everyone in the UK!

    I'm sure that you've all had "one of those days" at work, right? But what if you're suffering from more than this? There are people out there who have dragged themselves to work - people who suffer from a mental health illness - it's far more than "just one of those days" - it's...
    VintagePearls VintagePearls 36-40, F Aug 21, 2014

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    Sick Of Being An Illness

    I am so frustrated with some of the psych-types I have to deal with!  The key ones, my therapist and my psychiatrist are great.  So are most of the nurses I have to deal with on a psychiatric level.  BUT there's a bunch (caseworkers, some of the nurses, most of the kids on...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response May 30, 2012

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    Mental illness... When you've got a disorder,

    like depression, bipolar, schizophrenia or anxiety, you don't feel in control. You feel more like a helpless piñata... Dangling precariously, unpredictably in a void, just waiting for the blows to come and waiting with baited breath knowing that at any time one hit could push...
    xXverlorenXx xXverlorenXx 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    The youtube channel is really coming together.

    We have 34 likes from 34 amazing people, we have the first two episodes written up, we have done an interview, we have emailed 2 charities (MIND and CLASP) asking for support, the cameras arrived and we have many more people interested. If you haven't heard of the channel, it's...
    dansimpson40 dansimpson40 18-21, M Dec 18, 2014

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    i dislike how its not okay to talk about your

    mental health or express yourself without being looked down on in some way.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 13, 2015

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    Completely Agree! (could Annoy Some)

    This is so important to me. Mental health care is the U.S. is quite poor, mostly because of the huge stigma attached to mental illness. When I went to the mental hospital (all 3 times), the staff treated the patients like junk. Even the doctors believed that all of the patients...
    ThistleWeed ThistleWeed 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 13, 2007

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    So if you've been following my posts then

    you'll know that in the new year i will be starting a new youtube channel on mental health which I want to be very interactive with its audience. The aim of the channel is help remove the taboo and stigma of mental health and encourage people to seek help if they need it...
    dansimpson40 dansimpson40 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    The facebook page for Plus Us Too already got

    23 likes in its first day! If you haven't been following my posts, Plus Us Too is a new Youtube channel which I'll be hosting which starts in January. The aim is to help remove the taboo of mental help and encourage people to seek help if they need it. We've already had some...
    dansimpson40 dansimpson40 18-21, M Dec 15, 2014

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    You'd think after Robin Williams' untimely

    death by suicide people would wake up to it, but we're still pushing that boulder up that steep and slippery hill. He was beloved by the world, an acclaimed actor and a loving father and he was still plagued by this illness. Sometimes I pause and just think...wow. Wow. This man...
    Lov3intheasylum Lov3intheasylum 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 15, 2015

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    If you don't know much

    or anything about something - keep your mouth shut and opinions to yourself. Or better still, go and educate yourself on that particular condition. It really irritates me when someone judges another without having the full facts. Mental illnesses are just that, an illness like...
    lozenbee lozenbee 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    i feel ignored. i am too obsessive.

    makes me isolated and feel vulnerable. cant even trust my closest circle, family, husband to be, friends. feels as if they are trying to create an illusion of a good life when i am indeed messed up. cant help the voices arguing inside my head. i am new to the projwct, in the...
    kueneffe kueneffe 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    This group couldn't be more relevant!

    This annoys me so much every day. Just because you can't always see a mental illness doesn't mean it should be treated any differently to another illness! Mental illness sufferers (myself included) are not "weird" or "attention seeking" and should not be labelled so just for...
    wjwi wjwi 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 12

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    People think I'm an ok dude,

    enjoy ha ing me around, chat me up...until I feel comfortable enough to let them know I have schizophrenia, then a lot of them get all weirded out and standoffish and or just quit interacting with me. As if I didn't already feel misplaced in the societal world...
    thetortoiseis thetortoiseis 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 16, 2015

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