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I Think the Ignorance About Mental Health Issues Must End

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    Hello lovely people. As you know,

    the mental health Youtube channel is starting January and it will be called "Plus Us Too". The facebook page is now up and running: www.facebook.com/plusustoo I am still looking for people to have recorded skype convosatiins with, about how mental health has affected them in...
    dansimpson40 dansimpson40 18-21, M 3 Responses Dec 14

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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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    "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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    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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    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 a week ago

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    so here it is! The introductory episode

    for my new mental health youtube channel is up! give it a watch if you want and don't forget to rate, commenf and subscribe! episodes start monday 5th January so watch out! You can get to the episode on the facebook page which is Plus Us Too or type in Plus Us Too on Youtube and...
    dansimpson40 dansimpson40 18-21, M 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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 think the obsession

    and romanticism of mental health issues should end.
    Gus1996 Gus1996 18-21, M Jan 27

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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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    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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    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
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Jun 8

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 1 Response Aug 24, 2013

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    I support a lady with CD ,

    PTSD and DID . Even those working in mental health do not appear to understand these very disabling and traumatic MH issues. She has at present 10 alters /other self who range from 18 months to 28 yrs in age. One a 2 yr old another 9yrs, and a male aged 21. One female 24yr old...
    retsam47 retsam47 66-70, M Nov 9

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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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    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 2 Responses Aug 23

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    There is no need to harass a mentally

    challenged child or anybody with a disability. I see it happen all the time. Our society is so judgmental
    XodolsWasHere XodolsWasHere 16-17, M Nov 10

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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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    So a thought just popped into my head there

    and I was about that story where we as people are meant to embrace life. That's the main thing we should do in life is just do things because we have a choice to live and we should do right by our own selves. Well I got thinking about about the whole horse and water story there...
    HelterSkelter1 HelterSkelter1 22-25, M Dec 1

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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 1 Response Dec 15

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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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    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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    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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    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 12 Responses Mar 16, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    It's a real challenge every day to have a "normal" life. I have to walk a knifes edge so I don't get her upset or more depressed. She can't get anything done so I need to do the...
    Slasher57 Slasher57 56-60, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I am back amongst my EP friends after another extended absence and glad to be here. I chose "I Hate The Mental Health System" as the heading of my post because I am so discouraged...
    tulsateacher tulsateacher 41-45, F Nov 29

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    There was one councellor I had to see. She was so rude and she also hated me intensely. The things she told me and how she treated me...I mean really.... I remember once being...
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 41-45 1 Response Nov 25

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