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mindflower May 27th 2014 11:23 PM

Mental Illness Stigma Assigment
 
Any help with this would be fantastic, I'm saying a speech tomorrow and I'm just developing it now :nosweat: and my self-chosen topic is "Why we should strive to eliminate mental illness stigma". I've been searching through my own town's facebook and twitter comments and have found a great deal, but I'm looking for some more.

The first thing I'm looking for is comments you've heard or have received, negative comments I mean, that show stigma towards your/a mental illness. Such as "are you stupid", "you're just seeking attention", or "I hate my life ugh I'm gonna kill myself" etc.
Anything is appreciated.

Secondly, if you could describe your mental illness or what it feels like to have one, well, how would you?

I know its a big struggle and all of that, I myself have some, but I wanna hear from what other people are going through and how a lot of people really don't understand.

So anything is appreciated greatly, you'll remain completely anonymous and all of that, thanks so much guys and stay strong :hug:

Em. May 27th 2014 11:29 PM

Re: Mental Illness Stigma Assigment
 
Mental illness is like fog, you can't see anything else but your illness, it becomes you and you get lost within it. It's a vicious circle as it always comes back despite how hard you try.

Coping with people who have mental illnesses is just as hard as having it yourself, you are constantly worried as you don't know what they are thinking or what they have planned for themselves and the worry doesn't go away. My mum has bipolar and it's horrific, they take it out on you, then they take it out on themselves and it just never goes away!

I dont know if i've gone off topic, good luck!

Discontinuity May 28th 2014 08:35 AM

Re: Mental Illness Stigma Assigment
 
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Originally Posted by FixYou♥ (Post 1121826)
Any help with this would be fantastic, I'm saying a speech tomorrow and I'm just developing it now :nosweat: and my self-chosen topic is "Why we should strive to eliminate mental illness stigma". I've been searching through my own town's facebook and twitter comments and have found a great deal, but I'm looking for some more.

The first thing I'm looking for is comments you've heard or have received, negative comments I mean, that show stigma towards your/a mental illness. Such as "are you stupid", "you're just seeking attention", or "I hate my life ugh I'm gonna kill myself" etc.
Anything is appreciated.

Secondly, if you could describe your mental illness or what it feels like to have one, well, how would you?

I know its a big struggle and all of that, I myself have some, but I wanna hear from what other people are going through and how a lot of people really don't understand.

So anything is appreciated greatly, you'll remain completely anonymous and all of that, thanks so much guys and stay strong :hug:

Mental illness is a very broad topic, and each disorder feels different - for your speech, you may want to specify which disorder in particular you are talking about in reference to a certain emotion (just for clarity's sake).

Most of what I've gotten is just ignorance. "You're crazy, you're a spaz, you're psycho." Or the slightly less imaginative "bitch".

I'll respond to your second question from my perspective as someone who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. When I need to explain it to people, as it is a disorder with many different faces, I compare it to driving a car. A car like a Lamborghini barely needs you to tap on the gas for it to fly. However, a small beater car needs to be pushed a little bit harder in order to reach top speed. I am an emotional Lambo. The smallest touch or provocation is enough to make me fly into a rage, or a crying fit, or fits of manic happiness. You can't ever turn it off, which is inconvenient when you're stuck in the traffic of everyday life and attendant interactions (just to continue with the analogy). You don't need all that power behind you to deal with minor disagreements, but try telling your disorder that. :p

Hope this helped!

mindflower May 28th 2014 07:42 PM

Re: Mental Illness Stigma Assigment
 
Thank you both for your answers. My speech went well, I mean it could have gone better but I think I did okay. Thank you thank you thank you so much, and wow, Cheyenne that's actually a really good way of putting it. I've never... ever thought about it like a car but I completely see where you're coming from. Having been diagnosed and probably could be further diagnosed if I still was in treatment, I really sympathise with you both and really appreciate your answers :hug:

Philomath May 28th 2014 08:34 PM

Re: Mental Illness Stigma Assigment
 
I am glad the speech went well. I would be nervous talking about this in front of my class as well. Those analogies were nice to read too.

If I were describing it, I would say it is like being stuck at times, not sure where to go or what to do. Knowing where you want to be and longing for it but being caught in a place where you cannot get there. Letting everything be heavy and not easy to lift off and in some circumstances, not being easily understood which makes things even harder than they are without people.
I have been told to just grow up, I could be happier, that how I react is confusing, people just yell at me sometimes etc. (usually all of this is with family). My friends at school are a bit understanding--to understanding I believe at times--and I sometimes wonder if how they are is reality.
I know the speech is over but I hope that makes sense and is helpful in some way.


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