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Why Do People Demonize Mental Illnesses?
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I have Schizo-Affective disorder and im judged daily on everything.
TV to loud, hes pyscho. Stay up past 10pm, hes episoding. It never ends, being judged by everyone in the house.
Posted 7/22/15

Phoenixtj wrote:

I have Schizo-Affective disorder and im judged daily on everything.
TV to loud, hes pyscho. Stay up past 10pm, hes episoding. It never ends, being judged by everyone in the house.


They wanted to diagnose me with Schizo-affective disorder, but I didn't meet all of the qualifications.
Damn there goes my life dream, no I'm kidding.

You aren't psycho, and you shouldn't listen to anyone who says you are.
My grandma freaks out when I get upset and says
"here we go again, same old same old."

TF is that supposed to mean

So I understand the struggle.
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Posted 7/22/15
I think it's getting better all the time. At least an effort is made to understand and treat mental illness now. Until recently admitting you had any sort of mental illness was a terrible idea. There is still a lot of fear and shame surrounding it, but nothing like it was a few decades ago. Our history of dealing with mental illness is extremely dark and sad. It's encouraging that we have progressed so far in such a short time, but there is still much that should be done.
Posted 7/25/15
I know right? I'm a sadist, but I HAVE a conscience!
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Posted 7/25/15

underlock wrote:

People who kill tend to be demonised as you say.


Yes cuase all killers are mentally ill, and all mentally ill are killers. Thank you for illustrating the OP's point.

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Posted 7/25/15
Stigma attached to the illnesses scares people away. Therere people who give ppl with PDs who give other people with PDs an incredibly bad name by letting their illnesses control them. god knows I've been in BPD hell for a while but I'm learning to recognize things and deal with them since it's been less than a year, so I am really "recently" dx'ed.
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Posted 7/25/15

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You also have to realize that, regardless of disorders, it can be really difficult to be around people with mental disorders. It can be extremely exhausting, physically and emotionally and I don't think you can blame them for distancing themselves when so many interactions turn into something negative. People don't like being around someone who can ruin a day on a whim, regardless of illness. While in a perfect world, they would be there for you (and in my experience, they are usually trying their best even if you don't see it), you also need to realize that no one can take these steps forward to bettering yourself but you. Whether that means learning how to control yourself, speaking to a professional or starting medication, it is on you.


This^

Doesn't help when people use insanity as a common defense either.
Posted 7/25/15
I think what it might mostly be is that people fear what they do not understand. How that fear manifests in people can be different, but it seems that for the most part the 'fear' manifests as something hateful and created the mind set that is prevalent among society today. I guess it could be similar to how homophobia tends to manifest, its' a "fear", but they usually take the fear out in a hateful way.

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If I'm being honest In my experience with dealing with people with these mental illnesses have never been positive. I have very little patience, I'm also apathetic to peoples problems. Personally, it seems like every person I come across with these issues never stop using it as an excuse. They constantly drag it up even if it's something minor. One friend has OCD and is the type of person who organizes things meticulously. This does not bother me on the inverse my sister in law also has OCD and is a similar type of person bitches and complains about my shit not being perfectly neat in my environment.

TLDR: If you have a mental illness, it's whatever cool. Just don't bitch and use it as a crutch all day 'ery day.
Posted 7/25/15

PrinceJudar wrote:

Doesn't help when people use insanity as a common defense either.


I think mainly this ^
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Posted 7/25/15

PrinceJudar wrote:


sundin13 wrote:


You also have to realize that, regardless of disorders, it can be really difficult to be around people with mental disorders. It can be extremely exhausting, physically and emotionally and I don't think you can blame them for distancing themselves when so many interactions turn into something negative. People don't like being around someone who can ruin a day on a whim, regardless of illness. While in a perfect world, they would be there for you (and in my experience, they are usually trying their best even if you don't see it), you also need to realize that no one can take these steps forward to bettering yourself but you. Whether that means learning how to control yourself, speaking to a professional or starting medication, it is on you.


This^

Doesn't help when people use insanity as a common defense either.


agreed x2

exactly, i tilt my head at folks who do whatever the heck they want and blame it on their psychological disorders. it makes me question their diagnoses and leads me to believe it's a lack of self-discipline. which is really sad because the needs and behavior of actually mentally ill folks get looked over because of those who use their sicknesses as an excuse for their actions.
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Posted 7/25/15 , edited 7/25/15

sundin13 wrote:


This is the best answer. Its hard to empathize with abstract issues.


papagolfwhiskey wrote:


underlock wrote:

People who kill tend to be demonised as you say.


Yes cuase all killers are mentally ill, and all mentally ill are killers. Thank you for illustrating the OP's point.



Anyone who thinks its ok to kill another human being is mentally ill.

Edit: defending yourself and others is ok not what I'm referring to.
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Posted 7/25/15 , edited 7/25/15

Irishsushi wrote:


sundin13 wrote:



This is the best answer. Its hard to empathize with abstract issues.



papagolfwhiskey wrote:


underlock wrote:

People who kill tend to be demonised as you say.


Yes cuase all killers are mentally ill, and all mentally ill are killers. Thank you for illustrating the OP's point.




Anyone who thinks its ok to kill another human being is mentally ill.

I wonder if you actually believe that at a subconscious level, or if you actually think that way. I guarantee that you'd think it's okay to kill someone if they murdered your family in front of you.
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Posted 7/25/15
Evolution.
Whenever a tribe kept mentally ill around they got wiped out and their genes got lost. Whenever a tribe cast them out they survived and their genes got passed on. We mostly run on subconscious programming informed by our genes. Being hostile to mentally ill secured survival for millions of years, it's hard to override that in the short time we became decadent* enought to keep surviving with them around. It runs way deeper than just saying it's media or intollerant people, it's a survival instinct and it won't go away anytime soon.

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