One of my recent password-protected posts has inspired me to go on an informative mission. I would really like for people to understand mental illnesses better. In an ideal world, there would be no stigma, shame, or trivialization. I strongly believe that such a world can exist, but we must work towards it. And you know, this is important. Because 26 percent of American adults has some sort of mental illness (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml). Guys, that’s a little more than one in four. One in four. Don’t act like mental illnesses are reserved for people who “seem” crazy. We are normal people. We are among you. (That sounds like a like from a horror film, sorry.)
Oh, and before I start, I just want to say that I didn’t come up with the idea to bombard you with a ton of links. I kinda took it from a friend who did this a few months ago…but I get a considerable amount of publicity on this blog, so I thought it would be helpful to put it here. I will also include additional information that I may find helpful.
Okay, now I can begin. All the information!
I have included a link pertaining to child/adolescent depression because a lot of people pass it off as “oh (s)he is just moody” or some other bull. Children and teenagers can be depressed, and parents/caregivers absolutely need to be more aware of stuff like this.
If anyone tells you depression isn’t real, or if it’s “attention-seeking” or “not a serious problem”, I give you full permission to slap her/him. Just kidding. Slap them metaphorically. With information.
Anxiety (General Anxiety)
Also it might be helpful to know that anxiety and depression have a huge comorbidity (basically occurring together) rate, up to 60 percent. If you want the source for that I can give it to you. I’m just trying to save some time.
Do not, I repeat, do not use OCD as an adjective. Doing so has become so terribly widespread. Adjusting a crooked picture frame does not mean you have OCD. I have loved ones who have it, and it is honestly such a hard thing to live with.
Stressing before a test =/= panic attack. ‘Kay?
Trigger warnings for mentions of rape, sexual assault, violence
Social phobia (social anxiety)
Contrary to what a lot of people think, bipolar isn’t feeling happy one second and sad the next. Please do not use bipolar when describing the weather, your temperamental ex, or in any way not pertaining to the actual disorder.
Schizophrenia is not having different personalities. Neither is bipolar.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder)
Binge Eating Disorder
Substance Abuse Disorder
Paranoid Personality Disorder
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Schizoid Personality Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Histrionic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Dependent Personality Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (not OCD, by the way)
*Trigger warnings for mentions of different self-harm methods*
Self-injury is not done for attention, and it is generally not a suicidal behavior. It can be extremely addictive, not something you can simply quit on a whim. The path to recovery is long, but worthwhile.
*Also I want to brag a little about being over four months self-harm free! To anyone going through this, I know you can do it. I believe in you!*
Suicide Facts and Statistics
If someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you need to tell somebody, even if they made you swear to keep it secret. It would be better to tell an adult and have your friend be angry at you than to keep quiet and lose a friend forever. And if you are having suicidal thoughts, please find professional help! Please! I’m not kidding in the slightest. It’s so important.
*Trigger warning for mention of suicide methods (in context of statistics)*
Suicide Hotlines by Country
I have not read or watched all of these, so there may be some triggering material in here.
If you would like to hear about my life with bipolar disorder and my recovery from self-injury, I would be happy to discuss it with you.
Mostly tumblr accounts made by people with mental illness, for people with mental illness. I have not looked at every meme on all these, but there may be some triggering material.
Famous People with Mental Illnesses
If anyone tells you can’t be successful because of your illness, show them these.
If I’ve missed anything, please let me know! I would be glad to find more links.
Overall, just remember that mental illnesses are real and basically just like physical illnesses. There is nothing to be ashamed of. If you would like to share your story or experiences, I would be happy to listen! Just drop it by in the comment box.
Oh yes–and I would really appreciate if you could share this and get the word out! Everyone could use some more knowledge, including myself.