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March 28th, 2014, 07:56 AM
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The one thing that annoys me more than anything is people that don't understand what a mental illness/chemical imbalance is. I get so tired of people asking me "why I am depressed" and not understanding that many times I don't have a reason. It has all to do with what side of the mood swing I'm on. I tend to have more issues with mania/hypomania than I do depression. My manic/hypomanic episodes last longer than my depression episodes but I can get depressed completely out of nowhere. I usually know when to anticipate a depression episode because they almost always come after a manic/hypomanic episode. But, I think people are very uneducated about mental illness and it really annoys me.

Plus, my dd is having really bad issues with her moods and behavior and I get really aggravated that people are only aware of her behavior issues and don't understand how much of her behavior is related to her chemical imbalance. It's been making me really mad lately. She is still a little girl and she needs love and understanding.

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April 18th, 2014, 08:08 PM
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The same thing annoys me, people not understanding it's a chemical imbalance. It's real and a medical diagnosis by a Pdoc, not self-diagnosis.

It annoys me when people don't seek to learn more about mental illness if they one have themselves or has family who has one. They think they know something based on broad generalizations. But, I realize others aren't always like me, in that I love to research and learn as much as I can. I read multiple books on my disorder and read the pharmacy sheet for every medication I take, even antibiotics.
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April 7th, 2015, 05:17 AM
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Yeah, people think it's just pretending or acting, while actually it is a real body condition.
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April 13th, 2015, 10:46 AM
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Agreed! Like we want to feel manic or depressed, seriously?! Maybe if my signs and symptoms were visible then people would believe me that they're real!
My biggest thing that annoys me is getting to hear a million times "Just calm down" when I'm in the middle of a panic attack. Oh really, it's that simple? OK, let me just calm right down then....NOT! I even called an anxiety/panic hotline once and that's what the lady told me. I said something along the lines of "got any other useless scripts you can read me?" and she hung up...YES she hung up on a person calling in for help. That's my biggest irk. Simply calming down (oh AND remembering to BREATHE!) will be the master fix to this complex chemical imbalance in my brain & body. Woo hoo! Thanks general public, you've cured mental illness in 2, yes 2!, easy steps. *SMDH*

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May 29th, 2015, 07:05 AM
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July 4th, 2015, 01:26 AM
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It easy for them to say we have problems like this that but we don't depress. It's only we who know how frustrating is to be depress. They will never understand until they own it.
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