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28 / M / Houston
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Posted 11/22/16
I'd say physical it is more likely to kill you and hider ability to do anything. Mental illness can be power of will at times. Granted mental illness is a case to case that varies drastically. So hard to say but I'd still got with physical, I've been in bed ridden for 3 months one time it was hell.
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Posted 11/22/16
Speaking from a Medical point of view...They are BOTH terrible, and there are MANY awful Physical as well as Mental illnesses.

I'm simply going to have to go with Physical, because of all of those that are taken before their "time" from different types of Cancers and other Chronic Terminal illnesses...Its terrible.

Not saying that those who live with awful Mental diagnoses, and prognoses have it ANY better...The way that I look at it, THEY are cursed to LIVE, instead of perhaps have their sort of suffering ENDED by a Death, that...while horrible, TO THEM, would finally be the only end of the sort of suffering of which they endure.

Such a sad, sad topic....
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Posted 11/23/16
I'd say mental is worse because when you have a physical problem people are more understanding but when it's mental a lot of people either treat you like you're being a baby or say that you should just not think about it or smile or think a certain way, that's not said as often about physical problems so mental are harder to deal with and you kinda feel like you need to conceal it more...
Posted 11/23/16
Don't think it's a wise thing to be comparing those two..
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Posted 11/25/16
At least with mental illness you aren't aware of the problem in most cases. Although they are quite terrible.

My daughter is paralyzed from the neck down and has full mental capabilities. I think it's terrible to be aware of everything but unable to impact it in any way. She also can't speak or eat. Really can't imagine much worse to be honest
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Posted 11/25/16

Potentsaliva wrote:

If I had to answer I would say, which ever one is more of a hindrance in the fluidity of my day to day life would be worse.


Agreed, if it doesn't get in my way it's a lot less bothersome than something that limits me, especially by a lot. Personally, I dislike my physical illnesses more because they cause the mental ones and then people don't listen to me because of the mental ones and it becomes a big thing but if the physical ones weren't such a problem I could maybe recover more from the mental ones. Then again, I can't really say for sure.
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Posted 12/20/16
This is a tough one, they are both horrible in their own ways but I would have to pick mental. My girlfriend in a nurse in a psychiatric hospital and she had told me some horror stories about how the mind can fail. But why I choose mental and not physical is not because of effects on the person but for how someone with illness is treated. When someone has a bad physical illness it's pretty common for them to get the treatment they need, friends and family will help and care for them and fund raise and do things. A lot of times with mental illness people are in serious need of treatment but they never get it. Their friends and family just think they need to grow up and get over it or just stop acting weird and ignore them and not help them. I don't really think mental illness is any worse than physical, its just the way our society has decided how to treat people with mental and physical illnesses differently.
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Posted 12/21/16

Ryulightorb wrote:

Well depends on the physical or mental illness.

both are the same imo.


i agree
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Posted 12/21/16
IT just depends.
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Posted 12/22/16
Mental for me.

I have low pain tolerance, but mental issue is probably still 'harder to bear'
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Posted 3/19/17
This is a hard and unclear question because it really all depends on the illness as they can range from arthritis to ALS etc for physical as well as anxiety disorder, OCD, to multiple personality/split personality disorders for mental. Also dementia/ Alzheimer's is so debilitating, I'd personally prefer to not have use of my legs and still have my cognitive ability intact rather than be confused every since day not knowing where I am, who I am. Also any kind of illness can occur in a number of stages and progressively get worse, I really don't like this question.
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Posted 6/13/17
actually i think its physical illness for the sick person himself

if its mental illness, the person himself is unaware so he won't feel disturbed at all.
but the people around him will be in agony.


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In some cases physical illnesses such as cancer (being a solitary disease) can lead to mental illnesses such as depression and PTSD, so to ask which one is worse is asking a black or white question when in reality these two are blurred grey, synonymous, one in the same.
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Posted 10 days ago
That's difficult, both are worse.
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