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#4. You Believe You’re A Terrible Person
Imagine the feeling of having a song stuck in your head. Now imagine that instead of “It’s Raining Men,” it’s the thought of murdering your best friend. In graphic detail. Over and over again. You’re not mad at your best friend, and you’ve never done anything violent, but it won’t stop playing…that’s what the “obsessive” part of OCD is like: intrusive, unwanted, disturbing thoughts that won’t go away.
Mara Wilson is a national treasure and more people should read her writing.
I have heard of Münchausen. It’s a psychological disorder in which people feign illness to get attention and sympathy. I can’t believe it has taken this long for someone to catch me in the act.
I’m just a giant scam.
It was hardest to fake the narcolepsy. It’s a neurological disorder that has a very definitive test. I needed to acquire magic brain powers to fool the monitoring equipment of an MSLT. I found myself a crossroads, buried some trinkets, and sold my soul for magic fake narcolepsy brain powers. That test was completely fooled.
It is hard to get a prescription for narcolepsy medication unless you actually have narcolepsy, so this all worked out great.
Depression was harder. They can actually do these PET scans that show what a depressed brain looks like.
The trick to faking this one is watching that Sarah McLachlan Animal Cruelty commercial 50 times in a row. After that, they basically throw the antidepressants at you.
As some of you may recall, I have actually had shock therapy for my fake depression. When faking stuff, you really have to commit. You can’t half-ass it. So even though I didn’t need it, I signed up to have my brain electrocuted. My favorite part was when they put the rubber in my mouth so I wouldn’t bite off my tongue. Sure it was scary, but I just kept thinking about all the sympathy I could get from that.
My next feet of fakery was obstructive sleep apnea. Here I am before my last sleep study hooked up to a bunch of wires.
The polysomnograph showed that I stopped breathing quite a few times during the night. This was hard to pull off because you have to be asleep while you stop breathing. The key was to sneak a small child inside my overnight bag. Pay them $20 bucks and they will periodically strangle you throughout the night.
The insurance company (who loves to pay for things people don’t need) bought me this cool mask I have to wear when I sleep.
Since I was only faking that whole “not breathing” thing, I don’t even turn on the machine. I just do Bane imitations until I fall asleep.
Of course there is my fake diabetes. Before my blood test I just drank a gallon of high fructose corn syrup. Then they gave me all these cool insulin pens.
I have to be careful how much I take, because if you take insulin and you aren’t diabetic, then you can go into a coma. It’s hard to fake illnesses in a coma. It’s better to just fake the coma so you can hear everyone talk about you while you are secretly listening.
Lastly is the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I thought this one would be a bit easier to fake since there is no tried and true diagnostic test. Unfortunately, getting a firm diagnosis ended up being tricky.
I had to travel 500 miles to Detroit to see a specialist. To my surprise, she actually had a battery of tests that give strong indications you actually have CFS. They took 31 vials of blood and many of the tests came back positive for those indicators. To do this I bribed the lab technician to sprinkle a retrovirus into some of my samples. Almost none of this was covered by insurance, so I had to sell my car and most of my possessions to see this doctor. And I had to incur substantial debt to pay for the treatment I received. What is a lifetime of paying off debt for a treatment that didn’t work when compared to the oodles of sympathy I receive for spending all my money on a “failed treatment”?
It’s nice to get that out in the open. Faking all these things that make me tired has been exhausting.
(1) President Abraham Lincoln, who had depression
(2) Writer Virginia Woolf, who had bipolar disorder
(3) Artist Vincent Van Gogh, who had bipolar disorder
(4) Writer Sylvia Plath, who had depression
(5) Mathematician John Nash (from A Brilliant Mind), who had schizophrenia
I swear if my future children don’t like reading I’m going to cry.
I will throw the harry potter books in their faces as soon as they know how to read
Can we please stop acting like there aren’t interesting and wonderful and above all totally worthwhile people who don’t particularly enjoy reading? If you would literally cry (and assumedly be significantly disappointed) if you had a child and they didn’t enjoy reading (for any reason, including learning disabilities, etc.), please do not reproduce.
My cousin posted this ridiculous thing on Facebook and my hand slipped
I’m waiting for one that says something like “When I was a kid they didn’t call it depression. They called it being a cry baby.” or whatever so my fist can slip and give them a beat-down.
Know that you go with my blessing.
my dad is severely dyslexic and has ADD and he almost dropped out of high school and it took him 8 years to graduate college.
he’s back in school now (he’s in his 50s) and with meds and he’s at the top of his class.
the brain can be sick just like the body fuck anyone who doesn’t understand that
So much love for you guys
This post makes me cry. In a “Yes, good, thank you for recognizing this. I now feel less like a complete failure” kind of way.
a thing of beauty
"Stop letting your illness define you" says the healthy person whose life is defined by her health.
a friendly reminder: COLLEGE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
- people who went/go to college are not ‘better’ or ‘smarter’ than anyone else
- there is no right time to pursue ‘higher education’
- no matter what, you are still a person and you deserve to be treated with respect
*whispers* you know what i’m really sick of
people using ‘insane’ or ‘mental’ or ‘crazy’ as insults
can u stop please it’s actually kinda hurtful thank u
Yeah echoing this and “get help” or “you need medication” as an insult because having a mental illness doesn’t make a person a jerk and implying that needing therapy or medication is something a person should be ashamed of is unbelievably hurtful
i fucking love dave chappelle
the world wasn’t ready for his talent or honesty
I will reblog this a million times over.
Whoa, hold up there a minute. If you’re cutting your wrists after your boyfriend broke up with you again, THAT’S STILL SELF HARM. I don’t see how it suddenly isn’t just because you don’t approve of their reasons. Any attempts at injuring yourself is self harm even if you do it once. And it’s still really bad no matter how often it happens.
Bulimia IS making yourself puke AT ALL. It’s not normal to make yourself puke EVER. Chronic Bulimia is where you do it often. Plenty of bulimics don’t puke after every meal. You only have to force yourself to puke three times a week to be diagnosed. Edit: Some bulimics do not puke at all! The only rule for diagnosis is PURGING. Purging also is done through laxatives and does not always include self-induced vomiting. To be Bulimia, though, it has to be paired with binge eating.
Insomnia IS ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH SLEEPING. "Transient insomnia lasts for less than a week. It can be caused by another disorder, by changes in the sleep environment, by the timing of sleep, severe depression, or by stress." So when you’re stressed about a test and can’t get into a deep enough state of sleep or stay asleep, that is insomnia. Chronic Insomnia isn’t not sleeping for two nights but insomnia can be.
Schizophrenia is not seeing things when you’re high, but getting high too often can cause schizophrenia.
Someone who complains about a sudden switch when they’re depressed might really have MPD. Switches are often triggered as emotional responses to certain situations. No two people’s MPD behaves the same; patients display huge differences in number of “alters”, methods of switching between them and frequency of those switches.
Depression is ANY period of deep emotional low. “Depressed mood is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder.”CLINICAL DEPRESSION is the disease that causes a person to feel depressed with no known cause, though it can be linked to events in the patients life.
When someone complains about anxiety before a test it is not actually anxiety. But if their stress manifest as, say, that worry triggering you to worry about ridiculous situations such as leaving the car door open when you never would or having forgotten to turn off the stove, it is anxiety. No matter how often it happens. Anxiety is an EMOTIONAL STATE of worrying intensely about things unlikely to happen. When it becomes a psychological problem, it’s called General Anxiety Disorder. People can be Anxious and not have a disorder at all. It’s an emotion.
Check your facts before trying to control how people label their emotions. There are some good points here, but some of these are just awful or misinformed. Like how in the world is that self injury example NOT self injury?
To the person asking about the word crazy: As someone with mental illness (severe depression and moderate anxiety), it’s really only ever bothered me when used to describe a person or idea negatively. A crazy ex, a crazy driver, “that’s crazy!” to describe someone’s opinion you disagree with, a crazy person on the subway, etc., because this attributes their negative traits to mental illness (even if unknowingly or in jest) and further stigmatizes it. I use it myself to describe some things (that thunderstorm was crazy, “that’s crazy!” to describe an especially noteworthy coincidence, this pizza is crazy good). While I think most people don’t use it with the intent of speaking negatively or insultingly about mental illness, when used as a stand in for “irrational” or “unfair” or any other negative descriptor, it contributes to a harmful stereotype and stigma in our cultural mindset that does real harm to people with mental illness.
I agree. Just today my tutor for psychology mentioned the Mental Health and Disabilities Services, and how to utilize them, and she summarized by saying, “Coz this course will make you go THAT crazy!” I get that it was a lighthearted joke, but as someone who uses those services, it felt insulting. Also, I guess I expected a bit more respect from someone who works in the psychology department :/
This is so fucking ridiculous.
“I was forced by Delta Airlines, just days before having a spinal fusion surgery, I was forced to crawl from my chair, through the cabin of the plane, down a flight of stairs with no backing or sides and across the tarmac to get to my wheelchair,” Kanaan explained in a video posted to Facebookon Saturday. “Here we are in the modern day and people who are able bodied were standing around with their arms crossed watching me crawl under the guise that they could not touch me lest they be liable.”
Kanaan said that he did not initially go public about the incident because Delta swore to him that it would never happen to him or anyone else again. The company promised to be prepared before his next flight and offered him a $100 voucher for his troubles.
But when he arrived for his flight two days later, he was once again forced to crawl up a flight of stairs as Delta employees refused to assist other than offering him “a piece of cardboard to put down so that his clothes wouldn’t get dirty,” the lawsuit states
According to the complaint, Delta offered Kanaan 25,000 SkyMiles, but he refused because he never intended to fly the airline again.
What the hell?! Those offers are seriously insulting. I’m glad he is speaking out about this terrible treatment.
I don’t understand schools.
If you have a broken leg you don’t have to do PE, but if you have social anxiety you’re forced to do public speaking
[tw: self-harm, suicide]
a person in my life told me that they used to drink dishwashing liquid to make themselves so sick so they could avoid having to do speeches at school
this is not okay
Fun Fact: Just because someone has a wheelchair, doesn’t mean they can’t walk. A lot of people benefit from a wheelchair because they can’t balance well or it is too painful to walk. So if you see a person briefly stand out of their wheelchair, or take a few steps, or even if you see them with a wheelchair sometimes but not always, it doesn’t mean they’re faking, and you shouldn’t call them out on it.