Discrimination Against People With Psychiatric Disorders

@dsrp82 (678)
Brazil
July 4, 2010 6:05pm CST
If there's somebody here that has a psychiatric disorder or knows someone that has, knows how hard and sad is de discrimination. I suffer from depression and lots of neurochemical disorders and my life has been a living hell. I can't work like everybody else, I'm affraid of things that you would laugh, and that's why people judge me, they think I'm lazy. Really? So why was I so full of life and hardworking before? I used to do lots of thing that most people didn't. As you can see, I learned a foreign language, graduated drama school and college. I used to love doing everything in my school also. Well, the point is: How come, in the 21st century, people still not believe in psychiatric disorders? Please, somebody answer me! That's a fact, not a belief, there're lots of people out there like me. Some people just must respect us.
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6 responses
• United States
5 Jul 10
Hi Well I feel for you Because I know that some people are not adult enought to realize that people are different I have a nephew who has just graduated high school with a learning disability although he was in special education classes all through school he still graduated this year.I my self have had polio since I was 6 1/2 months old and all through school I was made fun of and still today at the age of 56 I still get looks from even adults like "what is with her if I looked like that I would not wear shorts" you see that one of my legs is very small and a little shorter than my other.Not everyone is perfect God did not makes us that way. as for you have phychiatric disorder every one has problems don't let it bother you too much some people just think that they are perfect yeah perfect butt holes I pray that I might had helped you just a little bit.you are just as great as the next person even with your disorder
• United States
5 Jul 10
even people who are not mentally disturb but has a hadicapp is a little mental because of the way they are seen by others and ignored by other and by the one that are ashamed to be seen with such a person as my self
@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
5 Jul 10
Jesus, people are so mean! God have mercy on their souls!
@cupkitties (6696)
• United States
5 Jul 10
Because they're ignorant and because its not happening to them so they can't relate. I have also suffered depression although not nearly as bad anymore as when I was a teen. Well I became afraid to mention to anyone about it because some people will think you're a bad person or they think that having depression means they can take advantage of you. One that really makes me laugh is most people think that we are just feeling a little sad and we can just shut if off. Sorry but doesn't happen that way.
@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
5 Jul 10
That's true. Or they think you're faking or think you're crazy and will hurt them. Poor little people!
• Australia
5 Jul 10
Sadly, many people rermain ignorant; and that is why there is still a stigma associated with psychiatric disorders. In my opinion, the most previlent problem is that those particular people are unable to view - to personally sight - any sort of health issue, so the immediate assumption is to conclude that it is all in the sufferer's head. While there is no way of highlighting the chemical imbalances associated with psychiatric disorders, there is enough information to quash any speculation that somebody is lazy or unmotivated, rather than depressed. Nor is it fair to assume that there is any melancholia simplex (prolonged sadness) involved. Psychiatric disorders are illnesses, not excuses. People who experience them did not wish it upon themselves to suffer any more than someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. And the suffering is made increasingly worse by the fact that the ignorance and stigma remains so strong and evident. I believe that there will be a time in which more understanding is directed toward people who have psychiatric disorders; but, until then, education is the key.
@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
5 Jul 10
wise words! couldn't agree more!
@sulynsi (2838)
• Canada
5 Jul 10
My condolences that you have suffered due to this difficult condition. My mom, who suffered from depression said she'd rather have two broken arms and two broken legs than be depressed because at least people could SEE what was wrong with her! It must be especially difficult when a person is used to being active and busy with life, to suffer the debilitating effects of mental illness. One important thing to remember is not to go at someone else's pace, but do the best YOU can in your situation, until things ease up for you. I hope you get the help you need so you can function as well as possible.
@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
5 Jul 10
That's exactly what I say everytime! Fisical deseases are hard to deal too, but nobody blames you for having it or faking it! Hope your mom is better!
@whatrow (793)
• United States
22 Aug 11
People are AFRAID of you. If you act or respond differently than they do, people often think you are going to hurt them. They feel insecure. To protect themselves, they have to demean you and make you feel worthless so that you don't become powerful enough to do something to them. I wish I had understood this when I had to endure constant riducule in my school days.
@lacieice (2065)
• United States
18 Jan 11
In my experience, the people with mental problems are feared. "Normal" people just simply don't understand. I worked in mental health for many years, and I saw it every day...people would stare and make nasty comments to my guys when we went somewhere, and part of my job was to get them through the emotions this behavior caused them. You have to do what is best for you. You have to ignore the ignorance of others and do what is necessary for your own well being. If a certain place makes you feel bad, don't go there. If ceetain people treat you badly, stay away from them. A time will come, if you continue treatment, when you will be able to face these things. Don't force yourself. It takes time to heal. Do you belong to a support group? I think that would be extremely helpful for you. You could learn how others cope and maybe make some good friends in the bargain.