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Psychological Disorders

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Posted 6/25/08 , edited 6/26/08
Well, as they say--It's not a question of whether or not you will need therapy, it's how much do you need and how badly. To me, psychological disorders are the same as any other in the sense that It's a health problem that needs to be dealt with. Dehumanizing those who suffer from psychological issues just makes it the problem uglier.

Two of my closest friends suffer from clinical/suicidal depression (I'm not 100% on the correct term. Both of them were depressed to the point of self-harm/considering death.)-- one of them has not been able to get the help he needs. His family does not "believe" in such things and took away his medication despite the fact that it was helping him, and they avoided therapy. As high school students, there's only so much we (his friends) can do to help him without his family's support/consent. . He's one of the most talented, kind, generous, and well-humored people I know. It's extremely frustrating for him and us to have to deal with this when the help was so readily available.

Society--especially parents-- need to become more open minded and realize that these problems do exist, they need to be treated to any extend possible, and having a mental disorder does not make someone any lesser of a person.
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30 / M / England, Berkshire.
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Posted 6/26/08 , edited 6/26/08
I personally categorise all the mental disorders if I can.
I order them by: Phobia and Learning.

I've got Aspergers Syndrome. I can agree that people on places like Bebo or MySpace put ~Oh I got Aspergers Syndrome~ despite not having it, which is sad for us the people who do have it as we're given the wrong impression.

I myself am against medicines for such things like trying to cure Aspergers. Bad history with medicine (includes medicine being put in food).

- This topic is about mental / psychological disorders. If you want to discuss Asperger's Syndrome, check this link out.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-13493/aspergers-syndrome.html
Posted 6/26/08 , edited 6/26/08
My grandma was bipolar and manic depressive and my dad is bipolar.
Sometimes I think I'm bipolar, it scares me.
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My mom has depression. It's really hard to relate to her sometimes
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Isn't celebrity worship syndrome also considered some kin of psychological disease?

Mmhmm, I know a lot of my friends are pretty depressed, my school tried to transfer one of them to one of those schools for peopl are have mental problems, That just made him worse.
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Posted 7/31/08 , edited 7/31/08
"Being treated unfairly, makes you act unfairly"
I think thats true, its how we get school bullies most of the time (besides for doing it for selfish reasons)

I had a tutor in the past who tried to force me into a special school by just not teaching me. I ended up getting bullied by some of my old teachers back in primary to go to a special school.
It was as if I was being punished just for being myself which I can't help (nor was I harming anybody), and all because one person's believe that they think people such as myself should be accepted into society. (Disability Discrimination)

Just because we act different doesn't mean we should be ridiculed. (says me with - Asperger's Syndrome)
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Posted 8/27/08 , edited 8/27/08
maybe o-c...
it's not actually the severe type
i actually want things to be in place
and i keep on rearranging it all over again.
sometimes i find it really frustrating
most especially when my family would
change the position of my things
even if it would take time for me to arrange
it still i will..
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Posted 9/1/08 , edited 9/1/08
sometimes i'm depressed for no reason and i panic even though there's nothing to be panicked about and my heart beats fast but people think i'm fine because i've never confided it with anyone....
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Posted 6/11/09 , edited 6/11/09
well??
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31 / F / rock bottom
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well... i have insomnia and trichotillomania.. hehe
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I was diagnosed almost 12 yrs ago w/ ADHD, & instead of shock or despair, my reaction was elation. As a then 40 yr old, I was suddenly given an amazing explanation for so much of the struggles, confusion & inconsistencies in my life. I proceeded to educate myself with what ever info I could find, & I often would share the info w/ whomever would listen. The responses I got from revealing my ADHD ranged from silent surprise to immediate interest &/or their admission to a mental diagnoses of their own. Soon after my discovery of self, 2 of our children got diagnosed : 1 w/ OCD and another had ADHD w/ high anxiety. Since both were still in school -jr hi & elem. the age span between them is 7yrs. I noticed a great change of attitude toward the special accomodations needed in the sch and how provided by the sch. Sch officials would not consider the OCD child for anything more than the minimum 504 recomendations mandated by law. Some teachers were very sympathetic, while others, in disbelief were extremely harsh considering the struggles my kid had to go thru. By the time the younger kid was in hs. the school was not only better prepared to accommodate my kid's needs, they often made suggestions and implemented change till one worked. The most important thing u can do is educate yourself or if u have them, ur kids to the nature of the disorder. DO NOT make excuses for yourself, and don't let someone else's opinion hold you back- it's their opinion and they can keep it, it in no way defines u, or who u want to be. Find people who support u and love u for who u are, and remember our weaknesses are often our greatest strength!
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farmbird wrote:

I was diagnosed almost 12 yrs ago w/ ADHD, & instead of shock or despair, my reaction was elation. As a then 40 yr old, I was suddenly given an amazing explanation for so much of the struggles, confusion & inconsistencies in my life. I proceeded to educate myself with what ever info I could find, & I often would share the info w/ whomever would listen. The responses I got from revealing my ADHD ranged from silent surprise to immediate interest &/or their admission to a mental diagnoses of their own. Soon after my discovery of self, 2 of our children got diagnosed : 1 w/ OCD and another had ADHD w/ high anxiety. Since both were still in school -jr hi & elem. the age span between them is 7yrs. I noticed a great change of attitude toward the special accomodations needed in the sch and how provided by the sch. Sch officials would not consider the OCD child for anything more than the minimum 504 recomendations mandated by law. Some teachers were very sympathetic, while others, in disbelief were extremely harsh considering the struggles my kid had to go thru. By the time the younger kid was in hs. the school was not only better prepared to accommodate my kid's needs, they often made suggestions and implemented change till one worked. The most important thing u can do is educate yourself or if u have them, ur kids to the nature of the disorder. DO NOT make excuses for yourself, and don't let someone else's opinion hold you back- it's their opinion and they can keep it, it in no way defines u, or who u want to be. Find people who support u and love u for who u are, and remember our weaknesses are often our greatest strength!

I do not think of ADHD as a weakness, I also have it . Yes in school I did not always do very well. But after I moved on with my life I found my ADHD actually aided me in many ways in life, as to helping me solve complex problems or puzzles. And even educating my self.
I find I love reading everything and anything I can get my hands on. I also jump around a lot do to my ADHD, but in the end I think I have to thank that habit of not spending a lot of time all at once on a single thing for the levels of wisdom I have gained over the years.
I went from from a -C student in High school, to 8 years in college with a GPA of 3.8 in the Science of Metallurgy.

If only I could learn a way to better my English grammar now.
Posted 9/11/09 , edited 9/12/09
i have an eating disorder, i was diagnosed with EDNOS when i was 9 and i have nightmares nearly every time i sleep, but i don't know if it's actually a disorder. anyways i go to therapy once a week but i still can't eat in public and mealtimes are an issue because my dad always watches me to make sure i eat something and it just makes things worse.
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I have NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder). I have all the characteristics listed in the DSM IV-TR criteria for this disorder. This disorder has caused me to alienate most of the people I interact with.

I have the following characteristics:

1. Critical of others
3. Has superiority complex
4. Requires excessive admiration
5. Has a sense of entitlement
6. Interpersonally exploitative
7. Lacks empathy
8. Don't recognize own feelings
9. Envious and competitive
10. Flirtatious or seductive
11. Hyper-sensitive to criticism
12. Impulsive
13. Lack sense of humor
14. Naive
15. Passive
16. Pessimistic
17. Secretive
18. Self-contradictory

Note that these characteristics aren't short-term. As described in some online site, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a long-term pattern of abnormal thinking, feeling, and behavior in many different situations. I think that the main cause of my being like this is because, ever since I was young, my parents have always given me special attention, I was the favorite in the family, I was a spoiled brat, and in school I was accustomed to people often praising me for my looks or talents. I guess another reason why I'm like this is because my mom has NPD herself.

I was continually treated as "exceptional" (or so that's how it felt to me), until I entered college. People started to seem to me as equally competitive, and that sort of posed a threat to my ego. I noticed that I was behaving in a really nonsensical manner (such as making unnecessary excuses and lies just to cover up flaws I was afraid someone might notice about me). I also noticed that almost everyone I know seems to have an unexplained "fear" or something towards me. I just knew there was something wrong because I alienated people A LOT. And I had no real friend. Not a single real one in my lifetime.

And then I stumbled upon an article online that talked about NPD. That's when it hit me. Every trait about a narcissist discussed in the article made me feel guilty because I knew that was exactly how I was. I just wasn't aware of it before (probably because of my ego defenses). But now I think I am able to gain acceptance of my nature, and with that, I think I'll start healing myself from here on.

For more info about NPD, read this

Posted 9/29/09 , edited 9/30/09
Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder which involves an obsession with perfection, rules, and organization. People with OCPD may feel anxious when they perceive that things are not right. This can lead to routines and rules for ways of doing things, whether for themselves or their families.

Is preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or schedules to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost
Shows perfectionism that interferes with task completion (e.g., is unable to complete a project because his or her own overly strict standards are not met)
Is excessively devoted to work and productivity to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships (not accounted for by obvious economic necessity)
Is overconscientious, scrupulous, and inflexible about matters of morality, ethics, or values (not accounted for by cultural or religious identification)
Is unable to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value
Is reluctant to delegate tasks or to work with others unless they submit to exactly his or her way of doing things
Adopts a miserly spending style toward both self and others; money is viewed as something to be hoarded for future catastrophes
Shows rigidity and stubbornness

I don't know how I came to found this but one day while I was surfing the web I stumbled upon this and found myself fitting all the criteria. However since I'm able to live with it quite normally I don't think its considered an actual disorder. BUT I know I should start changing these characteristics of mine.. And the cause.. now that I think about it, I think it came from my elementary school as it was a really really strict place. We were to follow one set of rules and that only.. If you don't abide by it, you'll get the humiliation of your lifetime. They also expect their students to be able to do everything.. and that everything perfectly. It was a scary and strict place but it did help me become a good student.. in a masochistic way
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