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I Think the Ignorance About Mental Health Issues Must End

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    Misunderstood

    Sleepless Nights and worrisome daysI try to explain how I feel and what it is likeBut no one really listens and if they do they do not truly understandI wish that those who seek to judge would take a mirror and studytheir own reflection normal according to societal standards but...
    natalie343 natalie343 31-35, F 1 Response May 19, 2012

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    It's Not Contagious And It's Not My Choice

    Even though a majority of mental health problems are considered hereditary, that does not mean that you're going to catch it from being around me. I have chronic depression, severe anxiety/paranoia, frequent panic attacks, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I do not have Mono...
    NaturallyPeculiar NaturallyPeculiar 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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    We Are Either Stupid Or Dangerous

    I hate that people think that those with mental health problems are either stupid or dangerous. We are normal people, with difficulties.
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2008

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    Square Peg In Round Hole

    I feel I have gone through my adult years with no one actually getting me,therefore supressing my altars and trying to live a normal life(whatever the f.......... that is) About 18Yrs ago I was diagnosed with Dissociative identity disorder an d in some ways it was a relief...
    summerbreeze2011 summerbreeze2011 56-60, F Apr 30, 2011

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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 5 Responses Dec 20, 2013

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    URGENT!! i need help.

    my friend has bulimia but refuses to speak to anyone. shes getting worse but is convinced she is fine and can go back to normal whenever she feels like it. im the only one she talks to about it however im not a proffesional and she needs the help of someone who fully understands...
    ell271198 ell271198 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2013

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    Want A Chance To Win $100.00 Gift Card? Please Take A Few Minutes To Help Out An HIV Positive Male Struggling To Finish His Dissertation And Create His Dreams Of Helping Others!

    Hello my name is Adam and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate focusing on gay men's health. I am currently conducting a research study focusing on relationship satisfaction and positive growth after receiving an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in a population of gay men. I have...
    adamk83 adamk83 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 23, 2013

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    Re

    yes im an epileptic and yes i do feel alienated from society. ive had seizures in coffee shops, pharmacies, in the street, you know im a human being with feelings , ive tried about 10 different meds but no sucess, yes i suffer from depression and take meds for that too. you know...
    defoekeane defoekeane 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 29, 2012

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    Victimitis: A disease

    that makes the person inflicted with it a victim in every situation. (Urban Dictionary) Hearing exclamations about their depression and the "needed" pills taken to treat it, yet it's still around. How are those pills working? How do so many miss the memo about anti-depressants...
    WeBePeasants WeBePeasants 22-25 Jan 10

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    I'm annoyed of many people in the world

    ignorance about mental health issues. I know some people I grew up in my life thinks this way. At the same time, I do have some friends have some mental health issues. Myself included I have my own mental health issues. Despite their people use EP for support including myself...
    ChillyWilly82 ChillyWilly82 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 28

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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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    I Am Bipolar And

    I am sooo tired of everyone defining me by my disorder.  I am not only bipolar, I am also a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend and aunt.  I NEVER define myself by this disorder, so why do others feel they have to?  I have actually had an X friend...
    steelergirl4ever steelergirl4ever 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 14, 2010

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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 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 6, 2012

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    Powerless And Disenfranchised

    OK, everyone...this one is not fiction.  This is the life and story of a friend, and I could really use some help, as I don't know what she can or could do.   My girl Lyne cuts.  She has for a number of years.  For those of you who don't understand self-injury, this does not...
    RascallyRabbit RascallyRabbit 31-35, F 13 Responses Mar 16, 2012

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    A Child's Love?

     My mother has border line   paranoid schizophrenia.  we did not always know that though.  It was a rough childhood.  Still I made it through as did my two sisters.  It is a rough road to travel and I want everyone to know at the end it is not so bad.  She was not...
    Yahlives Yahlives 26-30 3 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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    I think the obsession

    and romanticism of mental health issues should end.
    Gus1996 Gus1996 16-17, M Jan 27

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    Having To 'defend' Myself...

    i have experienced feeling badly a lot of the time my entire life. i am technically diagnosed with major depressive disorder,but i feel that people think i'm not dealing with this because sometimes i'm sociable,i try to be cheerful as much as possible,and i'm a good actress, i...
    deeaqua deeaqua 51-55, F 4 Responses Oct 14, 2010

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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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    This makes me so mad

    and disgusted. A family member of mine had psychosis, he lived with me and my mother when it started and he's back from the mental hospital for about 2,5 weeks now. This event was very like shocking to me but nothing compared to what he must've gone trough. I feel so so sorry...
    toughbaby toughbaby 18-21, F Mar 25

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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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    I've giving up hiding my mental condition

    for fear that people will judge or think less of me. It makes me stronger. I understand how my mind works and understanding is a part of healing.
    kreativebelle kreativebelle 31-35, F Mar 6

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    Call For Change

    The ignorance and misinformation about mental illnesses and people who deal with them must end.  I have had friends who refused treatment because "I'm not crazy!".  It made me sad, watching their symptoms get worse and worse, yet still refusing to take the medications their...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 6, 2011

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    "Self Obsession Disorder"

    There's more to it than what meets the eye. I have body dysmorphic disorder and I struggle a ton with body image a lot. I want to stay positive and make the best of the situation (and I'm trying to), but at the same time, I also need to be honest about the reality of this too...
    SilverLinedShadows SilverLinedShadows 22-25 10 Responses Sep 22, 2009

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    Doctors? Boo!

    i just went to my psychiatrist this afternoon for a monthly checkup. after that, i realized that all she's been doing is to give me pills as if they're all the help i need. it also kind of sucks big time when i realized that these doctors do not really care about people. if they...
    wildice wildice 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 18, 2010

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    Knowing The Truth

    I've always been confused about my mums mental health problems, mainly because of what people have said via the media and word of mouth. It started as post-natal depression but because I became ill, she was never able to "get over it". About ten years later she goes into...
    OnMyTippeeToes OnMyTippeeToes 18-21, F Oct 26, 2011

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    Hiv Positive Gay Man Needs Your Help Reaching His Dream Of Becoming A Doctor

    Hello my name is Adam Kessinger and I am a Clinical Psychology PhD candidate focusing on gay men's health. I am currently conducting a research study focusing on relationship satisfaction and positive growth after receiving an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in a population of gay men. I have...
    adamk83 adamk83 26-30, M Jan 8, 2013

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    I Do Not Like The Amount Of Prejudice Against The Mentally Ill.

     I swear, if i hear another negative statement about people with depression, schizophrenia etc etc, i am going to explode. I cannot begin to tell you how much of it exists, maybe one of you have experienced it or have mistreated someone who is in mental suffering!  ...
    bubblegum84 bubblegum84 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 26, 2009

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    Unbelievably SAD.

    Every one i getting mad at mE!!!!!! I have never felt so alone and isolated, EVER. Everybody is looking at me and staring wherever aI go! I am now officially isolating. I have to do that, I wonder if Im talking jibberish to myself and people hear. I feel like a burden and I dont...
    mikeythecat mikeythecat 41-45 1 Response May 19, 2013

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    People Don'T Understand

    People usually do 1 of 2 things whenever I tell them I have paranoia Schizophrenia. They are either like, "What is that?" Or, they believe that I am some crazy murderer. Once I begin to explain, some of them understand. Others seem to say, "That sounds demonic!!! I bet you are...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F Jun 11, 2013

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    Big Brothers

    Before I begin my story, I would like to address the severe domino effect of untreated, severe mental illness in the family. I'm perched in bed unable to sleep while I'm overwhelmed with worry and heartache about my 31 year old older brother who's been out of the house on foot in...
    lonelysister lonelysister 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 19, 2012

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    P.T.S.D.

    The more that we stand up and scream for help, the more people will hear us.  I came down with ptsd about 13 years ago, but before that i suffered from clinical depression.  In fact, I don't remember ever being happy, even as a kid.  Parents have to take...
    ccchrissy ccchrissy 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 18, 2009

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    So Much Ignorance

    There is so much ignorance about mental health. There is a stigma about seeing Dr. for anything conerning your mental health. Why? If a person has diabetes and needs insulin they go to the Dr., the pharmacist, and then take their meds.  But if a person suffers clinical...
    Tzech Tzech 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 27, 2009

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    Stop The With The Name-calling!

    Fairly typical story, I'm sure, but I had a scare about a year back about me having Schizophrenia and even today, the majority of my school class sees me as being some sort of freak. I don't have it, yet have never shaken the stigma and it's turned against me in everyday...
    ReluctantlyGameFace ReluctantlyGameFace 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 6, 2011

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    Ignorance Comes From a Lack of Education

    There is no doubt ignorance about mental health should end, but sadly I think this will never happen. It is not unlike racism, it will always be around since not all people understand it. However we can increase awareness in the community by educating people more about it. I...
    wombatism wombatism 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 24, 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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    Its So Misunderstood Illness

    my mother has mental illness, thats such a tabu subject my aunt kay ,treat me and my sisters as if we are the devils sponds. its so sad people dont unerstand mental illness
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 13, 2010

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    sseguster sseguster 26-30, M Apr 27, 2012

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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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    Unfair!!!

    I'm mentally ill. What I have has been diagnosed many times by many psychiatrists in 2 countries. They can't agree on my problem. I was under psychiatric care most of my life and I took psychotropic medications for 20 years. A few months ago I stopped all psychotropic medications...
    indigofem1 indigofem1 46-50, F 2 Responses Jan 15, 2013

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    Stigma

    i just recently started working for a mental health organization and it is heartbreaking to hear the people on the other end of the phone who are just at the end of their ropes and ready to kill themselves. I never really empathized with those who were mentally ill. I just...
    denverleh denverleh 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 11, 2010

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    Mental health should be one of the most

    important priorities, but it is kicked to the curb. Why? Because it is a scary, and social media doesn't want to focus on something this scary. It's not horrifically kind of scary but the kind that is true. It's no fun waking and taking prescription medications just to keep you...
    MiMiMaNiAc MiMiMaNiAc 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    Many people in the media

    and on the Internet are demonizing video games, saying that they make others violent and are the reasons for school shootings. They are wrong and this mistake is fatal. Video games at most may be a trigger to the person's violence. But it is not the underlying problem. The...
    sunny1818 sunny1818 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    I Have Mantal Health Issues

    i have been dingoise with anixity bypolar and depression and it is true that this has to end people with mental health issues need help no matter where they are and get the medication they need i am in tunisia and i am from canada and i cant get help for my medications i dont...
    elsiep30 elsiep30 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 4, 2012

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    Self Harm, Eating Disorders, Panic Attacks....

    i was always bullied in school for having panic attacks, people seem to find my extreme phobia of masks hilarious (apparently putting one on and watching me scream and cry is hysterical!!!) but the worst is self harm and eating disorders.   telling someone with bulimia or...
    Tesse Tesse 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 27, 2008

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    Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down

    An EP friend with mental disturbance problems just responded to my message to her with line so full of self-doubt that it tugged at my heart. I realized that I know how she feels. Since I hit 45 my brain has been so decrepit and unreliable it has made me ashamed. Except my IQ...
    icDavey icDavey 56-60, M Jun 7, 2013

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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 10 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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    Knowledge Not Fear!

    I have worked with mentally and physically disabled people for years. The problem is fear! Fear drives from ignorance, and ignorance is a bad excuse! If you want to understand just work in a direct care situation for six months. I guarantee you will understand! The pay is...
    Yahlives Yahlives 26-30 2 Responses Aug 24, 2013

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    Tired . . .

    Of the judgements. So I'm unique with my spd -doesn't make me a freak. -only on occassion -lol :) Doing the best I've ever been in my life on the new meds. I take Abilify and I can't say enough about it. Don't stop looking to find what will do it for you. -could mean an all...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 9, 2012

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    Losing Adelia

    I am the mother of a 23 year old adult child with Schizophrenia. I have been through hell and back with my child but I won't give up on her. The thing that hurts more than anything is that she has an 8 year old child that doesn't know what to do for his mother. My oldest daughter...
    ladyinrage ladyinrage 46-50, F Jul 21, 2013

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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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    The Items You're Consuming Can Have Side Effects On Your Health

    Living a clean and healthy life is not just about ensuring you're receiving the exercise that you need each day. Just about anyone will tell you that getting enough exercise is important for health, your diet is also going to be another major player with your battle for healthy...
    originallida originallida 22-25, F Nov 26, 2013

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    Related Experiences

     Wondering if anyone here has any mental health issues, and anyone who would be interested in joining :-)  People can share their highs and lows, and share techniques...
    soppycow soppycow 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I am really struggling with my mental health recently. I've been clinically since I was 15 and take venlafaxine 250 for this. It can seem, at times, that I'm fine, I feel Fine...
    keyedup keyedup 26-30, F Mar 23

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    I'm not certified but I don need to be. I'm the main factor in healing mentally. Music is my new therapy. I will sing and play piano to release my feelings. I will deal with the...
    Trustmeimaunicorn Trustmeimaunicorn 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Today i made a check list of what i like and what i do not like about my soon to be "hubby". Love is all about compromising right...
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