First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  Next  Last
Psychological Disorders
5419 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Secret wizard/nin...
Offline
Posted 4/12/08
I don't know if it counts, but in my family there is autism, Tourette's syndrome, OCD, and a lot of depression. I'm also currently in a relationship with someone who has what looks like undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Though I'm undiagnosed as well, I believe I suffer form moderate depression and mild OCD. When I was very young, about 5 years old I was a compulsive handwasher. Even when the backs of my hands were cracked and bleeding I wouldn't stop. I still wash more than a 'normal' person, but it's okay now. I still hate being touched though. The phobia of germs never really went away. As for the depression, it's hard to say. For pretty much as long as I can remember, I've just been a downer sort of person. I mean, I can be happy sometimes, but after a few days or even hours it backslides...but I'm not sure that I'm not just making something out of nothing. I have suicidal thoughts probably once a week, but I'm too gutless to ever act on them, so it's all fine I guess. I'm pretty good at hiding it, so I don't think anyone knows but my likely-bipolar partner (who has attempted suicide). Some days are good, but some days my love just wants to give it up...and it's hard, because I know too well the feelings of being worthless and hopeless and unloveable. Then the 'up' days are so far up that there's nothing to do but crash again...

But on to the actual discusion topic: since my experience is with depression, here's what I have to say.
I know this doesn't directly address the way things are now, but this is the kind of world I can hope for.

I'm not so good at this, 'cas I have to say I'm usually the one doing the hiding and trying to find someone who'll at least pretend to care. But, as the hurting one I think that the attitude of others towards us should be accepting, but not encouraging. We can't become the focus of life, but we can't be excluded either. We dont need sympathy, because it's not believable from someone who's never known what it feels like; people who haven't been so far down that they see death as the better road can't lecture. They have no place to say, "I know what you're going through". What we need is someone who can see us - all of us, our whole dark self - and accept us, then remind us that we ARE worth the time, that we AREN'T useless, and that things are bad now, but we ARE NOT ALONE!
522 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
28 / Philippines
Offline
Posted 4/12/08
waw i have many disorders but the best was OCD
4722 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / B.C. Canada
Offline
Posted 4/12/08
I'm doing a high school project on Antisocial Personality Disorder right now.

I don't really know many people with disorders (well, that have told me) so I don't see how I would view them that much differently. My one friend told me she had some disorder (can't remember which) but I don't see her any differently. So many people have disorders now that it's hard to not accept them.

I know you're not supposed to self-diagnose but I always feel there's something wrong with me and that I must have a disorder. Probably just being moody from being a teenager, though. xD If I thought it was anything serious I'd go see a psychologist.
146 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
29 / F / Farm
Offline
Posted 4/12/08
Mom- Depression, Borderline schizophrenia, Hypoglycemic
Dad- Gambling/Alcohol Addiction
Step mom- BI-POLAR
Younger Sister- OCD, Paranoia, Hypochondriac
Older Sister- Depression
Grandma pass away with Alzheimer's Disease
Mimi- Hypochondriac, She has a bone disease too
Nina- Diabetic, Arthritis, Gah she has more but I cant spell them or find them on the list
Boyfriend- ADHD...cant sit still for more then 5 min, Insomnia

Myself...mild bipolar, Carpal tunnel syndrome
my past- drug addiction

But we all deal....in one way or another
207 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / the net
Offline
Posted 4/15/08
In my opinion, not to be offensive or anything, but I think everyone has a type of personality disorder.
We're all flawed, correct? So we can't be perfect, and once in our life we would have experienced one of these many disorders.

I'm not saying that everyone does have it, what I'm saying is that we all have a type of form of it in us.
For example, my depression wouldn't be the same as someone else's, right? The situation is all the same.
Then there's the case of schizophrenia, once again I'm not trying to be offensive, just expressive, everyone has something like this, right? Or as most people say it being 'two-faced'. When talking to one person they could smiling and charming, right? The next their complaining about you behind their back, double personality, right? It's like the case of schizophrenia, having more than one personality, but we created them ourselves, so in these terms it's not really a disease or anything.

...I know that didn't make sense, but yeah....

Now, moving on to my opinion about these people.
I would say that in general, people tend to look down on those with these personality disorders, quite sad. They are normal humans beings just like you or me, just with more differences than us; having their difference from others (their disorder) is that makes them different than us, both in a good and bad way. Society tries to help them but there are those who push them away and discriminate them, what would you do if you were in that position anyway?

As for me, I would accept these people. We all have differences and this psychological disease shouldn't stand in the way, we are living and breathing humans entitled to every right as the next 'normal' person, right?

Besides....what is 'normal' anyway?
Posted 4/15/08

HumoredSanity wrote:

As far as I've seen 80% of people who take meds are worse on them then off them - theres only about 20% of people where the medication is effective in TREATING there symptoms, not just turning them into zombies that can always seem 'dazed' or 'ditzy' to control things we consider 'uncouth' in our society.. I LIKE DAH CRAZYS


I remember my prof. in psychology telling us that most people who are depressed and taking medication actually don't need it simply because their depression isn't caused by a chemical imbalance. However, people think pills cure everything so a lot of times they'll get put on medication simply so people psychologically "feel" better. If that makes any sense.

Basically, most depression is caused by a persons lifestyle, situation, and behavior, and if they would make changes in their behavior/lifestyle/etc the person should become undepressed. Medication wouldn't help in this situation as there is no chemical imbalance in the brain, and might actually have a negative effect because the addition of medication is actually altering the chemical balance of a healthy brain. Although sometimes they do work simply on a placebo effect. However, there are a few cases where the depression IS actually caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and that type can't be fully treated by behavioral or lifestyle changes alone.

I know it's confusing, and I don't know if I believe it 100%. People don't even know what chemicals in the brain exactly cause depression anyway, so I think it's funny they can claim to treat it when they don't know the exact cause.

On a side note: I was diagnosed as being bi-polar when I was about 15. I took medication for it for about a year, and then stopped because I felt tired all the time and more introverted while on it. I actually remember waking up one day and just telling myself that this is no way to live life so I stopped taking them. I just made small changes in my life and in the way I delt with every day stress and now 12 years later I'm med free and living a (semi) normal life. As normal as nerds life can be anyway. ^_^' I don't recomend anyone just stop taking their medication, as you might actually really need it. But if you feel the medication you're taking isn't working for you talk to your doctor or get a second opinion as you never know what other options you might have.

Ack.. I sound like freaking public service announcement.
I'm so lame... -_-'
4095 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Los Angeles, Cali...
Offline
Posted 4/15/08

MockMachina wrote:


HumoredSanity wrote:

As far as I've seen 80% of people who take meds are worse on them then off them - theres only about 20% of people where the medication is effective in TREATING there symptoms, not just turning them into zombies that can always seem 'dazed' or 'ditzy' to control things we consider 'uncouth' in our society.. I LIKE DAH CRAZYS


I remember my prof. in psychology telling us that most people who are depressed and taking medication actually don't need it simply because their depression isn't caused by a chemical imbalance. However, people think pills cure everything so a lot of times they'll get put on medication simply so people psychologically "feel" better. If that makes any sense.

Basically, most depression is caused by a persons lifestyle, situation, and behavior, and if they would make changes in their behavior/lifestyle/etc the person should become undepressed. Medication wouldn't help in this situation as there is no chemical imbalance in the brain, and might actually have a negative effect because the addition of medication is actually altering the chemical balance of a healthy brain. Although sometimes they do work simply on a placebo effect. However, there are a few cases where the depression IS actually caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and that type can't be fully treated by behavioral or lifestyle changes alone.

I know it's confusing, and I don't know if I believe it 100%. People don't even know what chemicals in the brain exactly cause depression anyway, so I think it's funny they can claim to treat it when they don't know the exact cause.

On a side note: I was diagnosed as being bi-polar when I was about 15. I took medication for it for about a year, and then stopped because I felt tired all the time and more introverted while on it. I actually remember waking up one day and just telling myself that this is no way to live life so I stopped taking them. I just made small changes in my life and in the way I delt with every day stress and now 12 years later I'm med free and living a (semi) normal life. As normal as nerds life can be anyway. ^_^' I don't recomend anyone just stop taking their medication, as you might actually really need it. But if you feel the medication you're taking isn't working for you talk to your doctor or get a second opinion as you never know what other options you might have.

Ack.. I sound like freaking public service announcement.
I'm so lame... -_-'



yeah dude when i took medication for depression it REALLY F***ed me up. i ended up picking out all the hair on my arms, and i'd go all crazy every once in awhile. and sometimes it felt like the world was sideways when i walked

weird stuff.
Posted 4/15/08

MEMPHADON wrote:


MockMachina wrote:


HumoredSanity wrote:

As far as I've seen 80% of people who take meds are worse on them then off them - theres only about 20% of people where the medication is effective in TREATING there symptoms, not just turning them into zombies that can always seem 'dazed' or 'ditzy' to control things we consider 'uncouth' in our society.. I LIKE DAH CRAZYS


I remember my prof. in psychology telling us that most people who are depressed and taking medication actually don't need it simply because their depression isn't caused by a chemical imbalance. However, people think pills cure everything so a lot of times they'll get put on medication simply so people psychologically "feel" better. If that makes any sense.

Basically, most depression is caused by a persons lifestyle, situation, and behavior, and if they would make changes in their behavior/lifestyle/etc the person should become undepressed. Medication wouldn't help in this situation as there is no chemical imbalance in the brain, and might actually have a negative effect because the addition of medication is actually altering the chemical balance of a healthy brain. Although sometimes they do work simply on a placebo effect. However, there are a few cases where the depression IS actually caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and that type can't be fully treated by behavioral or lifestyle changes alone.

I know it's confusing, and I don't know if I believe it 100%. People don't even know what chemicals in the brain exactly cause depression anyway, so I think it's funny they can claim to treat it when they don't know the exact cause.

On a side note: I was diagnosed as being bi-polar when I was about 15. I took medication for it for about a year, and then stopped because I felt tired all the time and more introverted while on it. I actually remember waking up one day and just telling myself that this is no way to live life so I stopped taking them. I just made small changes in my life and in the way I delt with every day stress and now 12 years later I'm med free and living a (semi) normal life. As normal as nerds life can be anyway. ^_^' I don't recomend anyone just stop taking their medication, as you might actually really need it. But if you feel the medication you're taking isn't working for you talk to your doctor or get a second opinion as you never know what other options you might have.

Ack.. I sound like freaking public service announcement.
I'm so lame... -_-'



yeah dude when i took medication for depression it REALLY F***ed me up. i ended up picking out all the hair on my arms, and i'd go all crazy every once in awhile. and sometimes it felt like the world was sideways when i walked

weird stuff.



I just remember feeling tired ALL THE TIME, and then getting sick a few hours after I took my medication. I think it was zoloft or something like that. It's been awhile so I can't remember exactly. I just know I rather have my high and lows than be a zombie. Luckly I'm pretty stable now. Sometimes I'll get my depressive lows, but it's rare that they're so bad it effects my entire life (ala work, etc...)
4095 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / Los Angeles, Cali...
Offline
Posted 4/15/08

MockMachina wrote:


MEMPHADON wrote:


MockMachina wrote:


HumoredSanity wrote:

As far as I've seen 80% of people who take meds are worse on them then off them - theres only about 20% of people where the medication is effective in TREATING there symptoms, not just turning them into zombies that can always seem 'dazed' or 'ditzy' to control things we consider 'uncouth' in our society.. I LIKE DAH CRAZYS


I remember my prof. in psychology telling us that most people who are depressed and taking medication actually don't need it simply because their depression isn't caused by a chemical imbalance. However, people think pills cure everything so a lot of times they'll get put on medication simply so people psychologically "feel" better. If that makes any sense.

Basically, most depression is caused by a persons lifestyle, situation, and behavior, and if they would make changes in their behavior/lifestyle/etc the person should become undepressed. Medication wouldn't help in this situation as there is no chemical imbalance in the brain, and might actually have a negative effect because the addition of medication is actually altering the chemical balance of a healthy brain. Although sometimes they do work simply on a placebo effect. However, there are a few cases where the depression IS actually caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and that type can't be fully treated by behavioral or lifestyle changes alone.

I know it's confusing, and I don't know if I believe it 100%. People don't even know what chemicals in the brain exactly cause depression anyway, so I think it's funny they can claim to treat it when they don't know the exact cause.

On a side note: I was diagnosed as being bi-polar when I was about 15. I took medication for it for about a year, and then stopped because I felt tired all the time and more introverted while on it. I actually remember waking up one day and just telling myself that this is no way to live life so I stopped taking them. I just made small changes in my life and in the way I delt with every day stress and now 12 years later I'm med free and living a (semi) normal life. As normal as nerds life can be anyway. ^_^' I don't recomend anyone just stop taking their medication, as you might actually really need it. But if you feel the medication you're taking isn't working for you talk to your doctor or get a second opinion as you never know what other options you might have.

Ack.. I sound like freaking public service announcement.
I'm so lame... -_-'



yeah dude when i took medication for depression it REALLY F***ed me up. i ended up picking out all the hair on my arms, and i'd go all crazy every once in awhile. and sometimes it felt like the world was sideways when i walked

weird stuff.



I just remember feeling tired ALL THE TIME, and then getting sick a few hours after I took my medication. I think it was zoloft or something like that. It's been awhile so I can't remember exactly. I just know I rather have my high and lows than be a zombie. Luckly I'm pretty stable now. Sometimes I'll get my depressive lows, but it's rare that they're so bad it effects my entire life (ala work, etc...)


yeah, i know what you mean. my depression has gotten a bit better without the meds anyways. i don't feel depressed as often, but when i do it will last for weeks without end. during those times, i can't do anything to make me feel better. even taking illegal drugs that usually make ppl feel pretty good about life dont do crap except make it worse.

but i haven't had an "attack" like that for almost 2 months, so im doing pretty good i guess
Posted 4/18/08
It almost sounds as if you guys want it. Some of you guys. -_-
I do think it's possible for my Dad to have a bit of Aspergers. He's a bit... woo~
Tries to be social... but at the end, still fails, and makes awkward silences. One-sided convos too sometimes.

I have a severe daydreaming problem where I can just sit in class and hear absolutely nothing for the whole day.
As a little kid, I've have endless ENDLESS conferences due to the severity of my attention span, but nobody
even mentioned anything.

Perhaps this is ADHD?

Blah. I'm not letting labels get to me anymore. I don't need them. -_-
We humans are just weirdos in nature. Don't need to let a lil bit of a social/stress problem to conclude that we're mental.
5245 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F
Offline
Posted 4/20/08
Why isn't christianity listed?

Nah, I know some people with disorders at my school. But I never talk to them. I think people are being classified as 'suffering from some kind of disorder' way too quick. Like ADHD, who hasn't got that these days? It's just, when there's something a little strange about you, your parents will drag you down to a psychologist. And then they can finally tell other people that it's not their fault that you are the way you are, but that it's a disorder.

It's starting to get to this point where people should feel strange for not having a disorder.
101 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M
Offline
Posted 4/20/08

Hitoli wrote:

Why isn't christianity listed?

Nah, I know some people with disorders at my school. But I never talk to them. I think people are being classified as 'suffering from some kind of disorder' way too quick. Like ADHD, who hasn't got that these days? It's just, when there's something a little strange about you, your parents will drag you down to a psychologist. And then they can finally tell other people that it's not their fault that you are the way you are, but that it's a disorder.

It's starting to get to this point where people should feel strange for not having a disorder.


Disorders like Dyslexia?
5245 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F
Offline
Posted 4/20/08 , edited 4/21/08

PedroAlvarado wrote:


Hitoli wrote:

Why isn't christianity listed?

Nah, I know some people with disorders at my school. But I never talk to them. I think people are being classified as 'suffering from some kind of disorder' way too quick. Like ADHD, who hasn't got that these days? It's just, when there's something a little strange about you, your parents will drag you down to a psychologist. And then they can finally tell other people that it's not their fault that you are the way you are, but that it's a disorder.

It's starting to get to this point where people should feel strange for not having a disorder.


Disorders like Dyslexia?


Well, let's face it. If you can't read or spell properly, then you're obviously dumb. xD

No, I think learning disorders are real. But things like ADHD, well, everyone has ADHD nowadays. While most of those people aren't taking medicine and are just normal people. Not hyper or whatever.
397 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
32 / M
Offline
Posted 4/20/08
Hi.

<=== Psych major too.

Oh well on to the topic. There is this theory about the fact that psychological disorders are socially created. I don't mean that people don't actually have them. Its more that people term these as psychological disorders precisely because people have them and others can't accept it. For example how homosexuality was once considered a psychological disorder.

What that would mean would be that if society really accepts them then they wouldn't be psychological disorders anymore. So while there isn't that great of a stigma attached to most psychological disorders they are generally not really accepted.
1283 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Everywhere you wa...
Offline
Posted 4/20/08
I have an addiction. I can not stop playing online poker. I am in a game at this very second. Does that count?
First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.