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let's talk about mental illness

this is a space to discuss the stigma mentally ill people face (particularly those with psychosis/schizospectrum disorders, PDs, bipolar disorder, and others often shut out of the usual discourse on illness); to provide resources for mentally ill people; and other things related to mental illness.

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What you're really saying when you're against self diagnosis:





1. Everyone should be assumed neurotypical and should be forced to act neurotypical, until proven otherwise.

2. Everyone who has been unable to get diagnosed for any reason should suffer in silence.

This is absolutely untrue. People against self…

Pretty sure you just insulted me because you have no argument against that as it’s all fact.

Nah. I just didn’t want to deal with someone as biased as you. But if I must.

1.) Most people cannot afford to see a doctor/psychiatrist/specialist. Demanding they do is absolutely classist.

2.) A lot of people have disabilities that make it impossible to leave the house. Physical and or mobility disabilities, social anxiety, phobias, any number of other mental illnesses. So yes you absolutely are being ableist.

3.) Doctors can be wrong. And those who can barely afford one doctor can’t afford to go to another.

4.) Doctors can absolutely cause harm. Medical abuse is a huge issue in the disabled community and to just say “no you have to be diagnosed by a Real Doctor” is incredibly triggering and also ableist.

5.) Do you even hear what you are saying? Who does self diagnosis harm? Who? If I self diagnose myself and wind up wrong, what happens? I feel disappointed and perhaps a little silly for thinking that. Because that’s what self diagnosis is. It’s researching something that you feel is a part of you, a part of the way your body or brain works.

Because surprise, without doctors, people who self diagnose can’t get treatments. They cannot get prescription drugs. They cannot try different procedures for curing it. None of that risk or danger happens unless they see a medical professional.

So yes, really, you are ableist and classist as all fuck.

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things that mental illness is:

  • real
  • complex
  • everywhere

things that mental illness isn’t:

  • lazy
  • fake
  • a punchline
  • an insult
  • a ticking time bomb
  • the plot of a horror movie
  • an afterthought
  • an adjective

(via thisisableistasf)

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Ava (a pseudonym) is a Latina, non-tenure-track professor at a small liberal arts college on the West Coast; she has an invisible psychiatric disability. She reports that colleagues often “complain about ‘special snowflake’ accommodations for students with mental health issues.” Ava finds these complaints troubling and sometimes feels an urge to disclose her own disability to help explain “why these accommodations have nothing to with the student being a snowflake and everything to do with them leading as normal a student life as possible.” -

‘She’s So Schizophrenic!’: How Not to Alienate Your Colleagues with Psychiatric Disabilities

Good, real tips at the link, although I’m afraid that the people who really need to read the article are those who will not.

(via disabilityhistory)

(via recoverytree)

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Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t. - An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison (via anonymousfia)

(Source: brontideoverseas, via apollolras)

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"Don’t be defined by your condition" often seems to mean "pretend your condition doesn’t shape your life or else".

(via thisisableism)

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  • do not use sanity slurs if you do not have a mental illness
  • do not use intelligence slurs if you do not have a learning disability
  • do not use handicap slurs if you are not physically disabled
  • stop using ableist slurs if you aren’t disabled. why is this so hard for you people to understand.

(Source: becnoir, via straighties)

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the point is that:
a. people who do that don’t understand triggers
b. need to stop using people with PTSD as excuses for being shitty because I can guarantee most people with PTSD do not agree with your poorly formed excuses

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plus PTSD is vast and you can’t say that only certain things trigger flashbacks. like if you’re using people who have PTSD as excuse not to tag things like #blood or something then you should probably understand that you cannot possibly know what triggers a flashback for each individual with PTSD and that you’re being completely illogical and ridiculous if you’re using that excuse. because it doesn’t work.

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you can also tell they’re human trash when they say they won’t tag or warn for certain content and use that as an excuse

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you can tell someone doesn’t understand mental illness when they say only people with PTSD get triggered

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