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 What mental illness do you have?

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Apr 02, 2002
I'm sure I don't have to spend much time revealing or explaining that many induhviduals involved in the Discordian world usually have at least one mental problem.

I came to Adequacy for this survey regarding this; I felt it was the best place to harvest the greatest number of responses.

So I pose to you, gentle Adequacy readers (and, of course, editors): what mental sickness/imbalance/ailment do you have?

Additionally, please include the sorts of doctors you see and medications you take, and ny therapy you participate in.

Thank you.


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Common or garden variety depression. (3.00 / 1) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 05:26:11 PM PST
I'm not suicidal, but I'm not always the happiest bunny in the burrow.

baaah (none / 0) (#2)
by Trollaxor on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 05:28:01 PM PST
I am talking about *real* mental problems-- bipolar disorder, chronic depression, social anxiety, axniety disorder, total lack of self-esteem, etc. etc.

Dont trivialise my mental problems. (3.00 / 1) (#5)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 05:49:53 PM PST
After all, they may develop into something more hardcore, given time and circumstance...

Pssst! (5.00 / 2) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 05:34:55 PM PST
jey gringo, i got tip for you... the editors no respond to you 'cos they all got the problemos you askin' about.

i have plenty of issues. plenty. and more. (4.25 / 4) (#4)
by osm on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 05:43:44 PM PST
It all started when I was twelve and developed an anxiety disorder when I thought one of my friends died right next to me.

After that, I developed a severe chronic pain on my right side, just below, or at the bottom of, my ribcage.

It was also about that time that I was stricken with walking pneumonia because my cousins and I had been following a stream through the woods barefoot.

A constant series of bronchitis episodes have followed ever since.

During the spring-time, if I walk outside I am terribly allergic to something. I'm not sure what it is but it causes me to suddenly start itching terribly all over my body.

I've had this strange lump in my scrotum for 14 years. I think it's a fetus.

My spine is curved. Sometimes, when I'm lying down, I cannot sit up because the pain is so severe.

Recently, I've developed this vague soreness on both sides of my lower back, right about where I would expect my kidneys to be.

I have strange heart fluctuations. They are random in nature and quite distressing. I haven't told the doctor because I'm afraid he will put me to sleep.

I have clinical depression which was probably caused by using too much LSD.

I used to be addicted to opium.

I have bad dreams.

I poop a lot.

I frequently have uncontrollable muscle spasms.

Sometimes my left leg and hand go numb.

I have insomnia.

I'm a sad, bitter, lonely, scatological shitfucker.

I think there's more, but I have a bad memory too.

I can't pay the rent. (3.00 / 1) (#6)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 05:53:39 PM PST
This is likely to result in all sorts of psychological disorders.

Dumbass. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by tkatchev on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 10:36:51 PM PST
What are you, some sort of "starving artist"?

Peace and much love...

Disorders? (none / 0) (#7)
by The dev0 on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 06:35:42 PM PST
I don't call them problems, I call them features.

Never fight naked, unless you're in prison...

I suffer fools. (5.00 / 2) (#8)
by elenchos on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 08:08:43 PM PST

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

It must be difficult... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by tkatchev on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 10:35:47 PM PST
...for you to come to terms with yourself, no?

Peace and much love...

The idiom we use in English is... (none / 0) (#11)
by elenchos on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 10:41:57 PM PST
..."I know you are but what am I"?

And then we turn 10.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

Yes, you figured out my secret. (none / 0) (#12)
by tkatchev on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 11:22:57 PM PST
I'm really 9 1/2 years old; I'm typing this in secret while daddy has gone off to work.

Now I'll never be able to gain peer acceptance in your group... :((

Peace and much love...

Your age was no secret... (2.50 / 2) (#13)
by Bad English on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 11:42:12 PM PST
and there was never any chance you were going to gain peer acceptance.

Of course you could! (none / 0) (#14)
by poltroon on Tue Apr 2nd, 2002 at 11:48:03 PM PST
...if you're a child genius. What could be more adequate? Just so long as these incidents of betraying your young age are cute in juxtaposition to your genius.

Nine and one half years old? (5.00 / 1) (#18)
by elby on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 01:08:53 PM PST
I think you should have no problem finding peers. Why, there's potato error and ...


Yes. (4.00 / 1) (#19)
by tkatchev on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 02:02:18 PM PST
Yes, but they are mean. And they make fun of me and only let me play with the toys they don't like.

Peace and much love...

You mean (5.00 / 2) (#25)
by jvance on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 11:33:57 PM PST
they only let you play with Windows XP?
Adequacy has turned into a cesspool consisting of ... blubbering, superstitious fools arguing with smug, pseudointellectual assholes. -AR

do I exist? (none / 0) (#15)
by richie roo on Wed Apr 3rd, 2002 at 04:13:21 AM PST
The problem I have is that I forever have to try and prove to myself that I actually exist...

After all, who's to say that I'm just a stray consciousness floating in the ether that is not tied to any physical being in particular?

As for you lot - you'll have to try and prove your own existence.. I've got enough work trying to deal with myself.

The worst (5.00 / 2) (#16)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Apr 3rd, 2002 at 02:58:55 PM PST
I read Adequacy.

Deep dark secrets (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by nx01 on Wed Apr 3rd, 2002 at 06:07:49 PM PST
So I pose to you, gentle Adequacy readers (and, of course, editors): what mental sickness/imbalance/ailment do you have?

My mental sickness? I'm an INTP.

Just kill me.

"Every time I look at the X window system, it's so fucking stupid; and part of me feels responsible for the worst parts of it."
-- James Gosling

Borderline Personality Disorder. (none / 0) (#20)
by RandomAction on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 02:12:05 PM PST
Alcohol Dependancy Syndrome. != Alcoholism. Chronic Depression. Meds: Venlafaxine 3 * 75 Mg daily. No therapy, the pills and beer work very well. Am I insane/mad. Not technically.

Please post in English. Thanks. (5.00 / 1) (#21)
by elenchos on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 03:24:40 PM PST

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

Goodness gracious! (5.00 / 2) (#23)
by poltroon on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 06:39:51 PM PST
How rude! You must be having a bad day...

Yeah; a symptom of personality disorders. (none / 0) (#26)
by RandomAction on Fri Apr 5th, 2002 at 08:23:07 AM PST

In English. (none / 0) (#27)
by RandomAction on Fri Apr 5th, 2002 at 09:18:42 AM PST
You can think of a personality disorder as set of personality traits that were picked up through childhood and adolescence. Whilst they may have worked in the particular environment at the time, they are maladapted for normal adult life. Personality disorders are a continuum from mild to severe. Most people have a few quirks; it's when they impact on daily life or emotional state that it becomes a problem. Those with severe problems often become depressed, and self medicate with alcohol, cocaine, speed, whatever and may get a diagnosis through the criminal justice system.

That was a very brief intro; there are many sub-groups such as borderline, histronic, narcissistic and so on. It's pretty interesting subject. This is a good link for more info on it.

Venlafaxine and other anti-depressants don't treat the underlying problem directly, but alleviate depression and help moderate other problems. They allow the individual to unlearn inappropriate traits, beliefs and thinking. If the suffer is inclined to. Many don't because it's quite a task. The most common approach is cognitive therapy.

Venlafaxine is similar to Prozac and other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors(SSRI), these increase the amount of a neurotransmitter 'serotonin' available for use in the brain. Low levels have been found to be linked to anxiety and depression.

Venlafaxine is a later generation of things like Prozac, it increases the availability of two neurotransmitters which relate to mood serotonin and norepinephrine. It also weakly inhibits reuptake of dopamine. Low levels of dopamine are often found in people having abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Curiously dopamine support is used to treat narcolepsy and parkinsons disease.

I take 3 tablets of 75 milligrams each, a day. Which is a relatively high dose.

What are you talking about ? (none / 0) (#24)
by dmg on Thu Apr 4th, 2002 at 07:40:22 PM PST
What is this "Discordian world" you refer to ? Are you some sort of religious nut ?

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Yes. (5.00 / 1) (#28)
by Trollaxor on Fri Apr 5th, 2002 at 04:32:20 PM PST
And I am the messiah.


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