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Do you suffer from an affective disorder?

  1. Psychosis, schizophrenia

    3 vote(s)
    3.4%
  2. Eating disorder

    4 vote(s)
    4.6%
  3. Anxiety disorder

    28 vote(s)
    32.2%
  4. Depression

    31 vote(s)
    35.6%
  5. Bipolar disorder or other mood disorder

    9 vote(s)
    10.3%
  6. Autism spectrum disorder (aspergers)

    8 vote(s)
    9.2%
  7. Personality disorder

    9 vote(s)
    10.3%
  8. OCD

    17 vote(s)
    19.5%
  9. Other

    8 vote(s)
    9.2%
  10. none

    28 vote(s)
    32.2%
  11. PTSD

    4 vote(s)
    4.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Sep 11, 2011 #1

    micromass

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    Do you suffer from an affective disorder??

    Mental illness is very though to deal with. Most people will just not understand what's going on and think that you're crazy. When you have a broken leg, then people will sympathize with you and help you. But when you have a mental illness, then people avoid you and make fun of you.

    I think that this poll might help some people to see that they're not alone. I encourage everybody to post their story. And remember: you are never alone.

    As for me: I have OCD, depression and an avoidant personality disorder.
     
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  3. Sep 11, 2011 #2

    Evo

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    I suffer from anxiety and OCD.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2011 #3

    lisab

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    I've had depression in the past. I didn't realize how debilitating it was until it was gone.
     
  5. Sep 11, 2011 #4

    Pengwuino

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Does being a physicist count?
     
  6. Sep 11, 2011 #5
    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Do I have to choose only one or can we select as many as apply?
     
  7. Sep 11, 2011 #6

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    You can choose as many as you want to.
     
  8. Sep 11, 2011 #7

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Remember people, aspergers is now listed under autism.
     
  9. Sep 11, 2011 #8
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    And with all the Service people, battered children and women do we not have PTSD up there? :biggrin:
     
  10. Sep 11, 2011 #9

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Ok, who lied and said they had none?
     
  11. Sep 11, 2011 #10
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    I voted for none. I didn't see it there at first and naturally I assumed that someone was trying to set me up as some kind of nut case. People always are you know. Sometimes when I'm walking, I can feel their eyes on me. When I turn around to see them they hide, but I know they're there waiting for their chance to get me. But then I saw it was the last choice.
     
  12. Sep 11, 2011 #11

    Evo

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    lol.
     
  13. Sep 11, 2011 #12

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    I haven't been clinically diagnosed with either, but I put OCD and depression. I can't think of many people I know who haven't been at least mildly depressed at one point in their life. I'm mildly OCD (contrast with Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets).

    There are varying degrees to the disorders/illnesses in the poll. Some, if not all, can be life-threatening in their extreme cases.
     
  14. Sep 11, 2011 #13
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    I put none. I don't think being sad/ slightly deppressed at one point in your life counts as a mental illness if everyone has it. Its obviously another story if you actually are deppressed.
     
  15. Sep 11, 2011 #14

    Dembadon

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    I don't understand your reasoning. Would you say, then, that if everyone were to develop some form of psychosis that we should remove it from the list of mental illnesses?
     
  16. Sep 11, 2011 #15

    Evo

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Mentally ill sounds too harsh, what would be a better way of saying it?
     
  17. Sep 11, 2011 #16

    Dembadon

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    If you're referring to depression, I feel as if it's more of a mood disorder than a mental disability/illness.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_depressive_disorder

    The site claims it's a "mental disorder."
     
  18. Sep 11, 2011 #17
    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Depression in my teens and twenties.

    Anxiety/panic in my thirties.

    Now in my forties it's anger.

    There are some overlaps and occasional relapses.

    It feels like a progression. Depression was the descent. Panic attacks were rock bottom. Anger is the ascent. Anger is the transition from the bad years (which is what I'm angry about) to the more peaceful years of maturity.
     
  19. Sep 11, 2011 #18
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    Yes.
     
  20. Sep 11, 2011 #19

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  21. Sep 11, 2011 #20

    Dembadon

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    Re: Do you suffer from mental illness??

    Hmm. We won't get far quoting dictionaries; the English language is circular.

    Here's Dictionary.com's definition:
    Here's Merriam-Webster's:

    Here's a more in-depth explanation of mental illness:

    http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mental-illness/#WhaMenIll

    We'll probably just have to agree-to-disagree since your opinion of what the criteria for mental illness are differ from mine. I don't believe that something has to be uncommon for it to be an illness.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
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