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"You said you've got depression?
No you don't, you attention seeker.
You're just an average teenager with the perfect life
Desperately looking for sympathy."

"Anxiety?
Stop crying, you coward.
You're just a childish "scaredy-cat".
Blaming your problems on a mental disorder
That doesn't even exist."

"So you're schizophrenic?
Grow the hell up, and stop acting like a child
You're too old for imaginary friends
You callow, juvenile, little twit."


But if we're attention seekers,
Why do we try so hard to hide our feelings from the world?
Why do we isolate ourselves in our rooms,
Desperately hiding the cuts on our wrists
Trying our best to live a normal life?

And if we're simply "scaredy-cats",
Why is our fear so vividly intense?
Unlike simple fear, our anxiety will stick with us forever
A severe long-lasting feeling of powerful panic.
A feeling from which we'll never be free.

Suddenly we're childish for having a mental disorder?
Schizophrenia is not something we can control.
Our hallucinations don't just disappear if we tell them to.
So call us whatever you want.
If we're all immature and childish,
Then what are you?
I'm simply tired of the way some people look down upon the mentally disabled. We're not childish, attention-seekers or over-exaggerating liars. Mental disorders are very VERY real, not something we make up just for attention's sake.

I'm a sufferer of severe anxiety and depression, and I can't even remember how many insults I've had to take because of my mental disorders. My friend's a schizophrenic, and she gets it even harder than I do. It's completely wrong and messed up, and if you've ever said something hurtful to a mentally disabled person, you had better be sorry. You don't know how terrible one little insult can be to someone who's had to deal with countless insults non-stop for all their lives.

For all those who need help, I just want you all to know that you can come to me for anything ^^ I'll do my best to help you.

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YouIf you’re a girl, you’re a girl.
If you’re a boy, you’re a boy.
If you’re white, you’re white.
If you’re black, you’re black.
If you’re gay, you’re gay.
If you’re bi, you’re bi.
If you’re straight, you’re straight.
If you’re religious, you’re religious.
If you’re an atheist, you’re an atheist.
If you’re mentally disabled, you’re still human.
If you’re physically disabled, you’re still human.
For everything you are:
You’re perfect.
So who are they to judge you for who you are?
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abbar Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Well said. 
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Islaytrout Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
If anyone said anything like like that to someone I knew I don't think I could stop myself from hurting them.
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zoohead Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I can't remember a time when I wasn't called names. Some of them were in intended to hurt but some were just the way people danced around the subject like I was there to be examined. Every day is a struggle as I find the basic world scary and confusing, and when I stay in the few places I feel safe I am called an antisocial teenager. In short I, and many others around you are having an in invisible battle every day of our lives. Stupid names do not help.
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Flameboy007 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Are you narrating my life or something?
Haha what you're explaining is exactly me at the moment.
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Gentle-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I have the first two disorders at the top of this entry, and I want all the people in world to know that I care for ALL of them.
ALL.
OF.
THEM.
Don't make the mistake I did .... 
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jhdragonreader Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too :(
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The-Masked-Writer Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's sad to see that people actually say things like this it truly is. I myself have schizophrenia it's not easy. The kids at school would constantly pick on me about it saying how childish I am and I just want attention. They would call me crazy because I would have a casual talk with seemingly nothing. Oh well we just have to keep on going on.
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pandaclaws7261 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I suffer from depression, anxiety and panic attacks and it is really shit to deal with people that call you out for having them. This poem beatifully describes the sickening discrimination of people with mental illness. Ive learnt to to control all my problems but this discrimination still exists. Ive been called out on multiple occasions, such as when I got  called an "attention whore" by a girl at  my school when she saw the scars on my wrists, or when a stranger in town called me an "emo cunt" from the other side of the road. A large majority of people think its just a small issue, and are so low to try and bully you about them or just blow it off as "the teenage emo phase". Ive leant to not try and act like nothing is wrong and ignore it because it always makes things worse. Im just glad that there are people that understand what its like to have these problems.
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Left-Handed-Artist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't have these (as far as I know)
But it hurts knowing that, out there, there are people cruel enough to say these kinds of things...
My best friend told me she was Bi, and I'm okay with it. I don't think she's told my other friends because she thinks that they will be scared. I'm not, but I'm getting completely off track. I try to be someone that people can talk to. I try to listen. I guess my biggest problem is that I'm too emotional. I cry easily. I used to be bullied back in 3rd grade. Now, I've gotten over it. Anyways, it hurts, knowing that people these days are that cruel. I know it isn't something they (the people who deal with those and many others,I'm sure) can control.

Well, that's all

♥~Susie
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually made me smile. You seem like such a nice person, and a great friend to have :) It's people like you that restore my faith in this world.

Well...I'm struggling with the same thing. There's nothing I want more than to be the "someone that people can talk to." But the more I help people, the more I realise just how many people are dealing with these problems each day - and it hurts. Nobody should have to live in fear because of their sexual orientation. Nobody should have to disconnect themselves from the world because of their depression or anxiety. No-one should have to feel bad about themselves just because of some bullies at school. But that's just how things are :c

I learnt pretty quick that no matter what I do, the world can't be changed. So instead of trying to change the world, we should focus on changing the worlds of the people around us - which is done by being there for them, helping them get through tough times, and just being the "shoulder to lean on" for when they need us. Get what I'm saying?

Anyway, sorry for the rant. I tend to do that a lot ^^;
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