Can you be aware of mental illness?

United States
January 4, 2009 11:52pm CST
I was talking to my friend about how stress life is and can be. I said sometimes, I feel like I am crazy. She said I'm not because "Crazy people don't think they're crazy." Do think a person can have a serious mental problem, or be crazy, with being aware of it if no one ever told them they did?
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@sixclix (677)
• Philippines
5 Jan 09
I personally know of someone who's crazy.....literally.... and he knows and admits he's crazy. I have heard of the claim that the really crazy people don't admit they're crazy. I also know someone who's left the cuckoo's nest and doesn't think he's crazy but thinks all other people are crazy. I seem to know a lot of crazy people. Maybe I too am crazy but just don't know it! Have a good one.
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@suzzy3 (8349)
5 Jan 09
I went to the doctors years ago and told him to help me because I thought I was going mad,and he said if you think you are your not ,if someone in the family comes to see me worried about you then you probably do need help.I have suffered from work place stress and had to give up work,it never occured to me that I could be suffering from mental illness,my doctor diagnosed that and you could have knocked me down with a feather.All the time I was ill,it never occured to me that is what mental illness does to you,I always associated mental illness with doing something like walking down the road naked,in the middle of the night or doing something more obvious so there you go,they caught me before I did do something like that,Mental illness is a most misunderstood illness,when we were kids ,we were told all the mental people would be locked away from us and we had this idea that mental illness meant that ,locked away but thank goodness times have changed and so have attitudes.
@suzzy3 (8349)
18 Jan 09
Thanks for BR.xx
@KrauseHome (36689)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Personally, I feel there are many people out there that might have a problem with Mental Illness and not even know that they have it. I have known quite a few actually I would suspect have some form of a problem with it. The problem is when so many people tend to make a Big deal out of it to where people are afraid. I have been on Meds before, and had a Severe nervous breakdown, and suffer from PTSD, was on Disabilitiy, etc. But when you learn to accept what is happening and have a desire to get help and learn from it, you can overcome it. The problem becomes when someone is diagnosed they start wanting everyone to feel Sorry for them instead and end up often only making things worse.