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The Astigmatism That Comes With Having A Mental Illness

Updated on January 27, 2012

Mental Illness and The Effect

I don't often tell people that I have a mental illness because they say things like you’re crazy, you’re a nut, or your insane. People make judgments on what they don't know much about.There are some great people such as poets, actors, celebrities that suffer or have suffered from a mental illness. Here are a few famous people that suffer from a mental illness: Linda Wagner, Kristy McNichols, Brittney Spears, Edgar Allen Poe, Mariah Carey, Thomas Edison, Mozart.These are all great people who are not quote unquote the norm but, they were or are successful in what they do. They are gifted people in all walks of life. But, personally I think that mentally ill people get treated a lot differently.It could be from family, friends, co-workers, bosses and so on and so forth.I know a couple of guys who attend the same mental health facility as I do that are just exceptionally talented in writing poetry. They have been published and you would never think just to look at them, that they have a mental illness.For prime example there is this guy that has a Phd in Economics and he can't get a job because of his mental illness, not to mention his over qualifications. So what he did was he continued his education in a different field, so that he can still be successful in life. Mental Illness is a disease that is very treatable but, like the common cold is not curable. People tend to have a chemical imbalance in their brain where the neurotransmitters are, making the brain not function the way a person who is not diagnosed with a mental illness functions. Schizophrenics tend to hear voices.They become paranoid, sometimes experiencing psychosis and etc.Someone like me who suffers from Bipolar Disorder will experience Mania as well as Hyper-Mania. They tend to stay really energized, high and keep going for about a week or two until the body shuts down and they start to come off of the high, then they start experience a low feeling that includes deep depression that is sometimes hard to pull yourself out of. I know that there are a lot of books that you can read on different types of mental illnesses but, I hope that the info that you have received from me will put things kind of in perspective.So the next time you meet someone, whom you think may have a mental illness, just be polite and ask them how their day is going and be prepared because they might tell you their life story or they may just say, "Good and yours?" and the fact you were nice enough to ask could very well make their day.


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    • pmatthews32 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paris LaMoyne Matthews 

      6 years ago from Akron, OH

      I know right?

    • felixtroll2 profile image


      6 years ago from Manitowoc, WI

      I agree with you too! People don't believe you and they say, "you look fine to me!"


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