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I Think the Ignorance About Mental Health Issues Must End

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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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    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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    Self-Harm

    elf injury statistics show that this disturbing phenomenon is a real and present danger to vulnerable people worldwide, especially in developed countries, such as the U.S. and those in western Europe. Frequently, untreated depression and other mental health challenges create an...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 13, 2013

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    For those of you who have a Facebook

    or Twitter; please consider spreading the word to help end the stigma. It won't end unless we raise our voices!
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F Oct 5

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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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    Too many people do not understand enough about

    the mental anguish that can easily affect their friends, family, and themselves. I'm bipolar. By close family and good friends, I've heard my issue referred to as me being weak, feeling sorry for myself, and something that serial killers have. Well, I'm happy to say that I know...
    ACraigNewman ACraigNewman 36-40, M Aug 26

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    Stand Up, Tell Your Story! Free Ebook On Promo 12/29 Will Empower You To Take A Stand On Mental Illness

    I'm running my first promo of my bestselling book, Be The News: A Guide to Going Viral With Your Human Interest Story and I'm absolutely filled with adrenaline! It's available for free download on Amazon.com and it empowers people to stand up and speak their story in a way that...
    surfsounds surfsounds 46-50, F Dec 29, 2012

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    It'S A Disgrace ......Help In The Community You Got To Be Joking

    A Story by ROSALIND My brother is 50 years of age. And he suffers from manic depression...He lives on his own and has a keg worker, the hospital have taken control of his money...Yet they let him live in a filthy house not fit for even an animal to live in.......What kind of a...
    rosesweet rosesweet 56-60, F 1 Response Apr 30, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Dec 20, 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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    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 31-35, F Aug 21

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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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    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 2 Responses Aug 21

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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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    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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    I fee your pain, I've been a victim of it too

    never mind hey. Let karma deal with it
    kamachulu kamachulu 22-25, M Aug 25

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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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    People write it off as 'attention seeking'

    or something that has triggered it. Society needs to be informed that mental illnesses are serious, however mild the symptoms, and those affected by them should be treated with respect-they're not aliens!
    Seblett Seblett 13-15, F Aug 22

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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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    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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    I have battled with anxiety disorder

    since I can remember. Its something I have battled all my life. Whenever I had an anxiety attack, people just called me hysterical and made fun of the stress I endured. I lost so many people in my life because of this condition, None aware of how deteriorating it is to the soul...
    tysoyana tysoyana 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 25

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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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    I think the obsession

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

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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 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 11, 2010

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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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    Lol. Lmao. But it wont.

    Ever. Nami was painful. Working for mental health companies was too. Almost killed me as often as my dad had. Was worse than bullies. Or equal to such pigs. So i learned. And now i strive to recover. One way is. EP Link
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Jun 8

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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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    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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    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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    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 6 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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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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    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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    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 hate when people mistake bipolar disorder

    for DID or Schizophrenia . In my opinion, those two disorders are a lot more troubling than manic-depression. We should really make an effort to help people decipher between popular illnesses.
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F Aug 22

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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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 Jan 5

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Schizophrenia , Palsy , Bipolar Are Taunting , Tormenting Spirits.

    All of these issues all come from trauma that God can deliver anyone from . Some of them can Only come out through fasting and prayer.  Still others are side effects from pharmacuetiKILL drugs that mess up your body and lead to death. Just tell your family worldly doctor who...
    humilitea humilitea 26-30, M 4 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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    My teachers and classmates joke around about it

    not knowing that someone in that class (me) has mental disorders Way to make me feel ******
    gorgeoushobo gorgeoushobo 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    I have the vision of beacoming an entrepreneur. I've discoverd more about myself as a person and built the passion and selfconfidence. As an intuitive person i dream about the...
    PassionInYourLife PassionInYourLife 13-15, M 3 days ago

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    For those of you who have a Facebook or Twitter; please consider spreading the word to help end the stigma. It won't end unless we raise our voices!
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F Oct 5

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    I'm falling apart mentally and I don't know how to cope anymore
    poshbarbie poshbarbie 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago