Do you have a clinically diagnosed mental disorder?

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    Jul 07, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    I read somewhere 25% of the population is mentally unstable.

    I have Obsessive compulsive disorder.

    I also have a history of depression, although apparently I don't meet the qualifications to have it diagnosed as clinical, and I feel that it was just circumstantial, given that I feel happier now and have rarely needed medication.

    I also have social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, but I refuse medications so I plan on being a gym rabbit for the rest of my life to combat this, and the OCD.

    Any of you willing to share your mental health history?

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    Jul 07, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    I have only ever been prescribed fluoxetine and respiterone antipsychotics.

    I never liked the fluoxetine and it just made my anxiety worse, it's amazing what exercise can do that most mood stabilizers can't.
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    Jul 08, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than prescription drugs for a wide variety of ailments. Add in a healthy diet, and illness hardly stands a chance.
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    Jul 08, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    While I won't share any workup information publicly, I do have an issue with reference to mental illness as "unstable." National Assoc, of Mental Illness (NAMI) and I agree, mental illness, while not always curable, can be well regulated with proper medication and professional talk therapy.
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    Jul 08, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    as I've discussed before, I was diagnosed in the 90s with Aspergers Syndrome, a high-function Autism Spectrum disorder. I don't talk about it much anymore but the basic truth of it is that my parents were not cut out to raise a kid with a neurological disorder and see it through to the finish.
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    Jul 08, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    No one has the silly new fangled mental disorders, it's all just a scam to keep the insecure buying brand new anti-everything drugs.

    Ever notice our parents did not have all these issues? Certainly not their parents. No, the issue really is a first world problem where everyone is bored and thinks that their sad little lives are meaningless, so instead of finding meaning or passion, they find a doctor who will tell them all they ever wanted to hear, "you are special and this new drug will make you feel better about being a bozo."
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    Jul 08, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidNo one has the silly new fangled mental disorders, it's all just a scam to keep the insecure buying brand new anti-everything drugs.

    Ever notice our parents did not have all these issues? Certainly not their parents. No, the issue really is a first world problem where everyone is bored and thinks that their sad little lives are meaningless, so instead of finding meaning or passion, they find a doctor who will tell them all they ever wanted to hear, "you are special and this new drug will make you feel better about being a bozo."


    How fucking flippant. Tell it to the close ones of those that killed themselves because they were "bored".
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    Jul 14, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
    carabin said
    smartmoney saidNo one has the silly new fangled mental disorders, it's all just a scam to keep the insecure buying brand new anti-everything drugs.

    Ever notice our parents did not have all these issues? Certainly not their parents. No, the issue really is a first world problem where everyone is bored and thinks that their sad little lives are meaningless, so instead of finding meaning or passion, they find a doctor who will tell them all they ever wanted to hear, "you are special and this new drug will make you feel better about being a bozo."


    How fucking flippant. Tell it to the close ones of those that killed themselves because they were "bored".


    +10

    People with depression or mental health issues are not just bored. It's real documented illness.
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    Jul 14, 2013 4:54 AM GMT
    I had OCD when I was 9 or something, and depression when I was 11-12...not sure exactly.
    but never taken any medication or gone to a doctor...not even my parents know about it, not even now. I controlled all by myself...
    one of the reasons is, I'm extremely shy to express my feelings to anyone when I was a kid, even to my parents! This shyness gave me a strong will to control my depression & OCD...
    And, one more thing, I don't know that I had OCD and depression until I read about them few years ago. The description in the books are perfect match to my symptoms.
    anyhow, people don't accept self diagnose.


    Later, I realized that
    everyone is a bit insane in their own way.
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    Jul 14, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidSevere clinical depression. Recently came to the conclusion I have a severe B12 deficiency.


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    Jul 14, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
    AeroNalex saidI'm not diagnosed with anything, but basically my personality is shitty and I don't keep many friends. Part of it is the fact that I'm aware of it. Some would say its a blessing to know when you're a little off, but in my case, whenever I have a disagreement with someone, I default to "It must be me who is wrong...maybe I did something or said something and I just wasnt thinking because of how I am" so I apologize. Eventually its hard to know when you are the one whos been wronged because you're constantly trying to make up for yourself.
    Its like being bipolar, only highs and lows are short and can be triggered and affected by outside stimuli. Maybe I take a shower, look in the mirror, and I look good. From there my day is great, I feel great, I think about goals and all the things I could do in life, but that night is hot and I cant sleep. I start thinking about how shitty it was growing up, and it pulls me down. I feel trapped. I'll never be anything, I have no friends. There isn't one person who would be negatively affected if I were to die. I don't want to die, but I can't think of a reason not to. If I die in my sleep, well that would be okay. I'd be happy. And then I fall asleep, wake up, feel good, and suddenly I'm back to optimism for awhile until something else happens, like another friendship ending (happens wih gays a lot) or a crappy day at work. Another thing is that I tend to not be any good at expressing graciousness sincerely. To be honest, being someones expense makes me uncomfortable and while I'm thankful, I guess I just dont express it, people consider me stuck up, and boom, a misunderstanding makes someone else dislike me, and there I am trying to figure out what I said to make them hate me. And here comes one more part of it: I can;t deal with being disliked. Recently a friendship ended because of the above scenario. I can't stop thinking to myself "what if i send him a message and say this, or this, or maybe this" but really i know its over. Anything else would be awkward. But I can't let it go. I wish I could say fuck you I'll get over it, but I don't get over it, and ten years from now itll be what im thinking about on one of those sleepless nights where i suddenly remember all the bad times.


    One of my former girlfriends (a long time ago, before I switched to bacon) was a lovely young woman who suffered from rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. I'm not saying you suffer from it, but you might want to look into the possibility -- if you are not aware such a thing exists.

    FWIW, people whose personalities truly suck don't realize it.
  • spemat

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    Oct 28, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    I have manic episodes and I am extremely hyperactive. I was diagnosed at age 5 because I would stop sleeping in the summer take off at 3 am or sing non stop or talk in a scattered way (not finish and idea before running The manic moods are like a drug to me.... luckily they are seasonal... I don't use the clinical terms a) because I never get depressed and I am laid back unless I let a summer manic mood take over and two because the hyperactivity has been managed well too.

    I only respond to a drug called Lamictal and sometimes short term Klonopin for the manic moods and an old drug called Dexedrine aka dextroamphetamine for the constant hyperactivity and it keeps me really calm and has zero effect on my heart rate hit it makes me lazy so I would have to workout in the AM. I also eat very healthy and get plenty of cardio in. I have taken the Dexedrine since I was 5 years old and Lamictal came out when I was 19. Klonopin is on and off because it can cause serious withdrawal. Dexedrine just makes me obnoxious as hell when it wears off so I don't have that addictive need for it. I clean my apartment better when I am hyper

    I hate the terms ADHD and Bipolar Disorder because so many people I know personally with those problems are selfish and lazy or getting it to lose weod or don't take meds and are abusive, cruel and make it seem like it is everyone else's fault when it is their job to calm down and take action.

    These labels are grossly diagnosed and it irks me but I grew up with this so I can tolerate it better than adults that have a manic break. They seem, most often to take a LOT of medication and seem zombie-ish. So I lucked out there because I am sane when I am sane and medicine is needed for summer.

    *if my profile picture isn't ready, it is still beiing approved.

    I also take brain vitamins High potency B-vitamins, chelated magnesium, flax seed oil, milk thistle (because psych drugs can be rough on the liver and I didnt get severely manic without them, I'd say screw it but that state is like the Dark Phoenix from Xmen, it possessed you and it is embarrassing) and Spirulina and Chlorella. I drink chocolate banana Hemp protein shakes daily (with almond milk) and believe it or not that makes me feel great.
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    Oct 28, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    Maybe. Doesn't matter too much; either you accept someone for who they are and all they got; or you don't. It's a non-issue issue for me. Stigma-ist can get in the back of the line.
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    Oct 28, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    I am an Empathic Psychic with a gift for Psychometry.

    Does that count???
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    Oct 28, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    I am Clinically Diagnosed with ADHD, OCD and Depression
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    Oct 28, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    thebearerofbadnews saidi have the same disorders you have. ocd, general anxiety and major depressive disorder. i remember being depressed at 12 and have been since then. remember having ocd like symptoms back when i was 11, 12 also. used to flip around coins in my mom's room having this one obsessive thought which was "will my mom get tekken 3 for my brother's birthday?" and heads meant no, tails meant yes. it was a habit that was fun and was able to control it where it didn't become much of a problem. it didn't become a serious problem until my freshman year of high school. remember one march where i was worrying about some situation involving another one of my classmates trying to punk me around and beating him up, looked at the clock thinking about that and click. the obsessive thought popped up and then the compulsion, looking at the numbers of the clock and equating a yes or no. soon my future was in the hand of the clock, colors of cars, letters in words, skipping over stares, floor tiles, washing my hands a certain number of times, checking plugs, the stove and etc it was irrational but i believed it as it helped calm down my anxiety and made me a bit hopeful towards things that i had serious doubt about. over times i was able to stop some of the compulsive behaviors but others remained.

    was on zoloft from 1/20/13 to 6/20/13. helped me with the ocd and a little bit of the anxiety BUT it did not help with the depression at all. in fact it made it worse. it also killed my sex drive and made me extremely lethargic where it was like i couldn't do shit. my mom pretty much saw the change in me on the pills where i was pretty much off my rocker, ready to snap on anybody. so i decided to get off those pills, waned off of them, got off of them, and now am able to manage with the ocd. the depression is still there BUT it's bad as severe as it is now compared to how it was on the zoloft. also, experienced a ton of brain zaps since going cold turkey but my sex drive is back though. also my mind is in a clear state compared to how it was at the top of the year. i pretty much wasn't thinking straight.
    I have anxiety and depression. (I just don't know if it's major.)
  • asana

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    Oct 29, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    I have an eating disorder. The official diagnosis from the eating disorders program was eating disorder - not otherwise specified. A lot of men with eating disorders fall in the NOS category, because the diagnostic criteria skew a lot to women (like cessation of menstruation). I've been seeing a doctor for it for almost a year now. I was considering doing the program at the hospital here, but I'd have to take a leave of absence from work for about 6 months, which I can't afford right now. I see a nutritionist as well, which has helped a lot. My weight's been stable now for a while, and though I've had a problem with purging for, well, about 15 years, I've got it mostly under control now for about the past 6 months. It isn't gone, and may never be, but I feel a lot more in control of myself than ever before.
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    Oct 29, 2013 7:40 PM GMT
    Clinical, Cynical
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    Oct 29, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    I've struggle with depression all of my life.
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    Oct 30, 2013 7:07 AM GMT
    I am not sure if i can still say i have social anxiety. I was diagnosed a few years ago but since have made great strides.
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    Oct 31, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidNo one has the silly new fangled mental disorders, it's all just a scam to keep the insecure buying brand new anti-everything drugs.

    Ever notice our parents did not have all these issues? Certainly not their parents. No, the issue really is a first world problem where everyone is bored and thinks that their sad little lives are meaningless, so instead of finding meaning or passion, they find a doctor who will tell them all they ever wanted to hear, "you are special and this new drug will make you feel better about being a bozo."


    THAT IS JUST IGNORANCE TALKING AND WHAT CONTINUES THE STIGMA OF MENTAL HEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY AND PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM GETTING APPROPRIATE TREATMENT.
    LIKE OTHERS HAVE SAID, IM NOT GOING TO POST PERSONAL HEALTH HISTORY ON A BLOG, BUT I HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WITH THESE ISSUES AND YOUR COMMENT IS OFFENSIVE AND UNEDUCATED
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    Nov 20, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
    Add....have been taking strattera for a few months
  • DBomb129

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    Nov 21, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    Diagnosed, no.

    But I do have bouts of being down for little to no reason and for an extended period of time. Was worse before, but I've been ok lately. A few days a few weeks ago.

    So, make of that what you will.
  • dragontek

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    Nov 25, 2013 10:04 PM GMT
    Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, depression and 3 'traits' of Borderline Personality Disorder- not enough to be clinically 'diagnosed'.
  • memphis

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    Nov 26, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
    The problem with mental health diagnosis is that they apply a binary model to a non-binary system. With "regular" medicine, you either have a disease or you don't. I 100% do not have and have never had smallpox. On the other hand, everybody is a little bit depressed or anxious at times. Everybody has moments where they have trouble paying attention. But it's only when these problems become so severe (and they do for many people) that they are a hurdle to life that anybody gets an official diagnosis, so the medical establishment treats it as if it were just like smallpox, with affected and unaffected populations. It's a deeply imperfect system, but it doesn't mean that depression and attention deficit aren't real. As for the "good old days," my grandmother had a particularly severe case of anxiety. It's amazing what being born Jewish in Poland in 1919 will do to you.