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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?
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Mental Disorder Discrimination by KlingelChelle

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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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CappyMichelle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel you on this one!

I was diagnosed with severe depression and general anxiety caused by trauma. 
And my brother got autism. 

It's HORRIBLE to say but sometimes I truly wish I rather had an untreatable physical disease just to not have to explain myself or excuse myself all the time. 

Watching you :) 
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Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student Writer
I hope you are doing well. I have family members on both sides who suffer from mental illness. People like them don't understand what it is like to have these problems that have to be battled everyday for life.
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ForgottonJourney Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I... I have to ask. Has anyone else been treated like they have a contagious disease? Does anyone else have people skirt around them in the halls, avoid sitting by them, talking to them, afraid of them, because of a mental disorder? Is it only me?....... I don't know why, I haven't done anything. Is it my fault I have mental disorders? Why do they think I'm gonna hurt them?...
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psychosquatch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
I have a few mental disorders myself, and it often seems hopeless. Even my own family (who suffer from similar) are either using it to judge me, deny my right to voice my opinions, or even use it as leverage in a fight. By leverage, I mean both my mother and my sister have tried to have me put in psych wards against my will. My sis even admitted it was, and I quote, "to prove I (she) am not to be fucked with.". Luckily, after a lifetime of people doing this to me, I know exactly what to say to cops and shrinks to avoid the very treatment that destroyed me. And this is just what family and the shrinks themselves have done to me, let alone the typical bullies. Sorry for the rant, but your writing touched on my deepest nerve and made me think. Good work.
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CaptainQuirk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
I honestly never understood what trolls gain from accusing people of "crying over nothing" or "faking it for attention."  Thank you, Dr. Doesn't-Have-A-Psych-Degree. >.>  Having a mental illness is hard enough.  I don't know why people have to make it harder by teasing sufferers or denying mental illness even exists.

:hug: I'm sorry you and your friend have been so misunderstood.
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abbar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  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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SakuraCrystalKatana 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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SakuraCrystalKatana Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student General Artist
And your reply made me smile. Most say I am a nice person.
:)

Same, same. I'd love to be someone that others can talk to. And it hurts, knowing that there are people who deal with stuff like this everyday. Exactly-no one should be bullied over things they can't change. Sadly, yes, that's how things seem to be these days...:(

By making their world a little brighter...if you know what I mean. I try to be the shoulder they can lean on, and if they need it, the shoulder they can cry on when they need it. Yep, I understand what you're saying.

Geez, I type/talk too much online. In the real world, I used to rarely talk. But now I'm getting over that. I should stop now... ^^;
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see why they say you're a nice person c:

Yeah, society has strange standards these days :c And the saddest part is, it rejects people who don't fit into those standards, and then those people have to suffer with bullying and disdain all their lives. Which is why it's our job to accept them and tell them it's okay to accept themselves ^-^

Well, it's nice to meet you :] Always a pleasure talking with someone who thinks like I do~

Hehe, I'm the same ^-^ In real life, I only speak when spoken to. I'm the kind of person who'd rather sit by the fireplace and read all my thousands of books <3
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SakuraCrystalKatana Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
C: The only sad part is that people make fun of me for it. >~<

Sadly, that's true. I was bullied back in 3rd grade...probably for being quiet. It was worse in 5th grade. Yes, we should accept them and let them know it is alright to accept themselves.

It's nice meeting you too. :) It's always such a great thing to talk with someone who thinks like I do :)

Oh, cool~ ^_^ That sounds good! Curling up near a fireplace with some of my favorite books, my music and headphones~ <3
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's their loss, if they choose to make fun of such a nice individual~

I know the feeling, because I used to be bullied a lot back then too...Everyone made fun of me for being a "nerd", because I was always quiet and was (still am) seriously in love with studying science, philosophy and logic. But apart from that, I'm really lucky and haven't been bullied since ^^ People at my school respect that I like solitude and tend to leave me alone now c:

Mhm ^-^

That's just heaven~! Especially if it's winter and I have a hot cup of Yorkshire Tea beside me <3
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SakuraCrystalKatana Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, it is...

I clearly remember that we were singing, and then someone said "You can't sing" and then the other said "Yeah, you can't sing". Also, I moved my desk back in attempts to get away from one of them...and he scooted his desk so it was next to mine.

Yeah...

Yes! Though I'd have some hot chocolate with marsmallows and maybe some whipped cream <3 <3
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Nekovix Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand why having a mental disorder is seen as weak and pathetic, when really, they're the strongest ones out there. My dad wonders why I keep lying all the time. I say that I don't know, which is a lie in itself... He thinks I'm being defiant when really I'm just avoiding confrontation. Social anxiety and mental disorders suck. Only people that have them will ever understand. #1 rule of life: Never. Assume. Anything.
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NonnyFox Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
I deal with severed anxiety and depression myself. Very first anxiety attack was when I was in my Junior year of high school, at that time I didn't know what it was. That very morning when I woke up I didn't feel right but didn't know what it was I was feeling. It built up until I had to go to the nurses office, I called my parents to pick me up. I had to eventually drop out that year due to not being able to handle going to school. My parents thought that I just didn't want to go to school (faking it, in other words) I dropped back in to redo 11th grade which turned out to be better for me in more ways than one. One day in one of my classes anxiety struck again (at that time I still didn't know what it was) my heart started racing, thought it was going to beat out of my chest. It slowed down to normal and didn't happen again during those days, scary moment for sure.

Fast forward to last week of August into first week of September 2009. I had learned that there were doctors that do make house calls and found one that handles anxiety patients. During the appointment I couldn't sit still and ended up having a panic like attack. Even after that appointment the anxiety didn't let up that whole week and came to head the Saturday of that week. I had the ambulance called to get taken to the ER. While there I asked about getting put on a med for anxiety.

Back in 2009 to some point in 2010, anxiety was so bad that I couldn't handle being outdoors or even stand in a line. For that 6 month period I had a touch of agoraphobia too.
 
I could go on and on. Long story short, the right med balance was found. I even learned to exercise the built up anxious energy out. I still go through anxiety daily, it can effect my driving to where I feel like I want to run out of the car. It happens whether I am driving or someone else is doing the driving. Once in awhile an anxiety attack will awaken me from sleep.

 
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GailFreebird Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Yes, I can relate. I myself,f have seizures which some people say I fake to get attention, but it is legit me unable to control myself. I also have two schizophrenic friends, one who is with. Autism, and many others with "flaws" but I all think they are perfect!
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HauntedHairbrush Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I can seriously relate to this. I'm a pyromaniac, and maybe that isn't always registered as a disorder by some doctors, but it can get you a lot of crap from other kids. I'm not even sure how they found out, but they're always trying to take my backpack to look for matches. It gets really old.
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Music-Star-Dizzy Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this! My classmates from middle school thought I was 'sick in my head' by just being Autistic.
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Skritdlez Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Same with me, i was held back because i have Aspergers which is a mild form of autism and everyone thinks i'm dumb and actually i'm getting strait a's
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Music-Star-Dizzy Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see
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ChillhYoh Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
It's sad that that's the way people act concerning these types of matters but it's true, thanks for sharing.
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MrKeybladeMaster1992 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How poetic. very nicely done!
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^
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MrKeybladeMaster1992 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem
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demonrobber Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I have a metal disorder and I know how it feels. Feeling isolated is hard and the anxiety. You described the situation really well. Nicely written.
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thereturnofthewill Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
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psychosquatch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Is...is that a... a pop tart cat that... Shits rainbows?! *Brain explodes.
I think you just won the internet. :)
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nikan2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
beautiful execution of dialectics.
The way it takes you into the mind of both sides.
And how you ended it.
Smooth, vindictive, and uplifting all at once.
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missmarvelmysterious Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I have just started antidepressants and the thought scares me that I will never learn to deal with my anxiety and depression. Thank you once again. <3
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xgalletita Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you recover soon from your illnesses. I have suffered depression and understand perfectly what are you talking about. By the way I want to say you that THERE IS an end to that, all you need is patience and following doctor's recommendations. There is light in this dark world.

xxx
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xMayuu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I really can relate to this, the depression and anxiety.
My dad does not support me through what i am facing, and because he dosnt for arguments sake my mum trys to avoid seeing me when im crying or about to brake.

I just wish people knew just how terrifying and painful it is, thank you for this beautiful poem.
<33
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trainman666 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm gonna be doing a speech in class on this topic, so I definitely approve of what you're trying to say.

I might consider using some of these quotes in my speech, if you're okay with that.  I would like to help in the effort to spread the word.
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derek-of-spades Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I was 15 a friend of mine had really bad depression. I didn't know about mental illness back then, it wasn't really talked about as far as I remember. I used to try to cheer her up and eventually our friendship ended because I didn't understand what she was going through and I used to get angry with her. By the time I was 17 I had developed major depression and I began to understand what she'd been going through. I was really lucky that I caught up with her again when I was 18 and I told her that I was sorry for turning away from her. We're friends again now and I think I learnt a valuable lesson. Don't judge if you don't understand.
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Katie-Firegem Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh your writing is so beautiful and touches me to the core.
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KlingelChelle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you so much :')
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Katie-Firegem Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I wish I could write like you!
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MythicalOne Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hear you friend, I perfectly understand what you are saying and going through. I'm a sufferer of severe hallucinations and aspergers syndrome. I agree, and not only do we suffer our fear, suffer insults, but some of us can't even be around people. Because we want to know how they think, we get in trouble, we can't be in crowds, we endure it, yet we are called scaredy cats. If they could just change brains the world would be alot better. And yes, I am talking about me. 
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RegardsSirTroll Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. I feel like I've found someone who can understand what I've taken too. I hope that these insults have stopped for you.
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Puglover24 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i love this poem, but mental disorders are not disabilities. People can still function with them and are still on the same level as others :)
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GloryAngel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
I don't have a mental disorder but I do have a physical one and people are the same way.
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PercyPo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Job well done. :) Unfortunately however, there are many people (mostly emo teenagers) who do in fact fake these problems.

I've learned to be a little untrustworthy with a lot of them.

It ticks me off so bad when I see people faking things like OCD. No, it's not cute, it's a pain in the a** and causes many complications. I know from having it.
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Alexeina Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this, except you make a usual stereotype here.

Emos are not always attention wh*res. You can be like that AND be emo. But emo is not vying for attention over a non-existent mental disorder.

But like I said, I fully agree with you. It sadly happens with kids who have been pampered their whole lives and really haven't ever had a problem once. They don't have a problem with posting pictures of cuts on the Internet and whining and such on social media. People with real problems hide it. They don't want society to know. They think they're ok.

I'm sorry to hear you suffer from OCD. I hope you know that I wish you the best, and that there is an end to the madness. You'll pull through hon. Don't worry.
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