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Sun May 25, 2014, 02:41 PM

Friendly reminder to those interested in talking about mental health.

There's a forum that has not been taken advantage of: Mental Health Information group. It's not a safe haven like the mental health support group, it's a place to argue and inform. Questions can be answered better in a place where people know what they're talking about.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1260

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Reply Friendly reminder to those interested in talking about mental health. (Original post)
Neoma May 2014 OP
fizzgig May 2014 #1
Neoma May 2014 #2
Neoma May 2014 #3
Jamastiene May 2014 #4
Neoma May 2014 #7
Jamastiene May 2014 #8
Neoma May 2014 #9
steve2470 May 2014 #5
Hassin Bin Sober May 2014 #6
bemildred May 2014 #10

Response to Neoma (Original post)

Sun May 25, 2014, 02:50 PM

1. thanks for posting this

hope you are well

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Response to fizzgig (Reply #1)

Sun May 25, 2014, 03:30 PM

2. Doing great!

Can't say life is boring right now.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Sun May 25, 2014, 04:22 PM

3. Shameless kick.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Sun May 25, 2014, 05:19 PM

4. K&R

I do wish people would quit lumping "the mentally ill" (as if that blanket term describes us all) in with mass shooters and gun toting violent people who kill others. People are so uneducated on what "the mentally ill" really means. The vast majority of mentally ill people are NOT violent, but are more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators of it.

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #4)

Sun May 25, 2014, 07:19 PM

7. Do you think it's because they were victims before the illness?

I had that happen to me.

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Response to Neoma (Reply #7)

Sun May 25, 2014, 07:41 PM

8. My ongoing battle with PTSD is from being violently attacked.

Most of my anxiety and other symptoms also come from very real fears of it happening again. I wasn't in picture perfect mental health before being attacked, but I didn't have the anxiety, panic attacks, or the PTSD before I was attacked. I had clinical depression, but could not find one of the antidepressants available at that time that would work. Since then, I have found a medication that has made my quality of life go up an immeasurable amount. I know it was a commercial on TV, but finding a medication that actually helps me long term is priceless.

I have had very real fears since being violently attacked, that it may happen again. It seems lots of people who have been victims of violence, end up being labeled mentally ill, while the perpetrators get a slap on the wrist if anything for what they have done to us. Shouldn't those who perpetrate violence against us be punished instead of just labeling us as mentally ill for having problems after being attacked? It seems backwards to what it should be. Yes, we should be able to get help dealing with the issues that we have to cope with after being attacked, but to label us mentally ill then sweep the violence, that caused a lot of our problems, under the rug without doing something about the violence seems counterproductive to me.

The truth is a lot of people have mental illness, but our society routinely sweeps violence under the rug, refuses to address the gun issues, refuses to help some people who have been violently attacked for bigoted reasons, refuses to offer a living wage, and numerous other injustices. I wonder if there was less violence would there be less mental illness. I don't get why people equate mental illness with violence the way they do. In a lot of cases, violence against the person led to the person's mental illness.

If anything, I think all of this violence could be causing more mental illness because of anxiety, fears, and other effects from the violence itself. I think the opposite of those people who equate people with mental illness with mass shooters. I think our violent society is leading to more mental illness because of the anxiety and fear of the violence, not because mentally ill people are hellbent on violently attacking people. We are more likely to be the victims of violence, not the perpetrators.

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #8)

Mon May 26, 2014, 10:50 AM

9. I remember what one therapist told me...

The coping skills we used while we were in horrible situations probably worked at the time, but if you're not in danger and you still have those coping skills take over your lives (like say, bottling up emotions) then that's what some people need help with.

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Sun May 25, 2014, 05:22 PM

5. k&r nt

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Sun May 25, 2014, 05:26 PM

6. KandR

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Response to Neoma (Original post)

Mon May 26, 2014, 10:53 AM

10. GD is certainly not the place to get help. nt

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