Thursday, 8 January 2015

Mental Illness: 'She's such a schizo', 'I'm a little OCD'

Hey Guys
I have wanted to do this post for ages.
 Today I am going to be talking about something that means a lot to me. Mental Illness's.
For me this has been the hardest post to write.
I really hope it helps!

Have you ever heard someone say the phrases
 'I'm so depressed' 'Shes's such a schizo' 'I'm a little OCD' 'He's so moody he must be bipolar'.

It makes me so angry to hear these things.
 Using these words incorrectly minimizes the seriousness of the illness.
 A lot of people are not familiar about different types of mental illnesses.
 So today I am going to give you a bit more information.

Bipolar- a mental condition marked by periods of elation and depression
(not to be confused with multiple personality disorder)

Schizophrenia- a long-term mental disorder involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to false perception & inappropriate actions.
People affected may face withdrawal from reality and delusion,

Depression- Feelings of severe sadness and dejection. It is said that 300,000 people in Ireland suffer from depression.

Generalized anxiety disorder- (GAD) is a common, chronic disorder characterized by long-lasting anxiety.

OCD- is a type of  anxiety disorder. The person affected will deal with this anxiety by preforming compulsions or rituals. These rituals can be obsessive. This can get in the way of every day life it is not known how many Irish people are affected, but international research suggests that 2 - 3% of the population has it - that is one in every 33 - 50 people.These rituals may include excessive hand washing,repetitive light flicking,avoiding touching certain things.

Trichotillomania- is an impulse disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out one's hair, leading to noticeable hair loss and balding, and distress.

Dermotilamania- is an impulse control disorder were one has the urge to pick at their own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused.

Psychopathy- a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour.

Sociopathy- a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.

Dissociative disorder- are conditions that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, or perception.

These terms should not be thrown around in conversation, only if the person ACTUALLY  has that illness.
Remember don't identify people by there mental disorder ' She's depressed' 'She's OCD' 
instead say 'She has depression' 'She has OCD'. 

If you yourself are going through a hard time don't be afraid to talk to someone.
 If you don't feel you can talk to anyone you can email me at

Obviously I haven't included all mental illness's but I may do another post like this.
I hope you have taken something from this. 

Leave a comment below if you have anything else to add to the conversation :) 

Love always,

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