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Mental illness... (comment which one and how you cope with it) 

558 deviants said I have one myself
145 deviants said I dont have a mental illness and neither has anyone close to me
128 deviants said A friend/relative has one
120 deviants said Someone in my family has one
66 deviants said other (comment)

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RustyGentleman Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been suffering from depression for a year and a half.
I have a severe case of social phobia.
I'm so stressed I've been having anxiety issues and panic attacks.
I have Dissociative Identity Disorder, a.k.a. Multiple Personality Disorder.
I have Borderline Personality Disorder, which basically means my emotions are way more intense than normal.

I know that to cope with depression I need affection, but I have no one to give me that. No one ever did.
The social phobia makes it even worse, though practicing Mind Over Matter I know I can make that better.
There's no helping my stress, it's school related. Unless, if I had affection, I feel it'd impact me less.
About the personality disorders, nothing can be done.
Chantoline Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
My parents used to say that I have Mild Autism when I was a kid, but they said I'm not anymore. They used to say that as a kid I cannot cooperate with other people around me, and do some things I have no memory whatsoever (I tell someone to sit with me for lunch, he/she said no, I throw a book at them). I remember as a kid I would go to some place dark and blue, and would be asked questions, sometimes there are like hints of something related to medicals I can remember. I think I'm doing fine now, but I don't really understand what I went through so I have little knowledge
Dckitty21 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I was just recently diagnosed with depression and borderline severe social anxiety, and yet still no one believes me.  Typically for me the depression is a random event that just sort of happens, one minute I'm smiling and cracking jokes with my friends and the next I feel like I'm dying inside, lonely, and just mentally tired.  The social anxiety for me is worse and I've noticed it the most during band.  We recently had to do seating (we get blind "tested" to see which seat we should take, so basically an audition) and I was shaking so bad I thought I wouldn't be able to pull my flute up, and thankfully I made it through with out passing out.  The symptoms for an anxiety attack for me usually consist of (and they are your typical indicators): Sweaty palms, spasms, uncontrollable heart beat, extremely light headed, sick feeling to stomach, inability to speak and move, and loss of thought (essentially I can't think).  There is no real way I cope other than getting out of the situation and secluding myself which, in all honesty helps nothing.
TheJiggyMonster Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everyone claims to have depression.
It's expected to have sadness and crushingly defeating months in your life. Unless it's suicidal tendencies, I wouldn't make it a big deal to claim you have it.
Dckitty21 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone does not claim to have depression but since you said that it's clear you have no clue what it is.

Depression is a mental illness and can become pretty severe and yes anyone can say they have it but the best way to truly know is ask your doctor.  As someone who personally has depression (but is not taking medicine) I can tell you I honestly thought that it was just hormones, until I realized that it had started in fourth grade and continued on after seventh grade and to my current grade.  I could literally be sitting in the middle of the best comedy show in the world and just suddenly feel sad and lonely.  Depression is not just "crushingly defeating months in your life" it's your entire life just spent with a hole in your sole and the only way to fill it is unique to each person and often extremely hard to do so.  Sadly some people believe filling that hole can be accomplished by suicide but that's not everyone.

Next time you wish to say something about a mental illness, unless you have it or are extremely educated in the subject, please don't speak.  Thanks.
SaiyanGirl-KT Featured By Owner 1 day ago
are chronic depression and suicidal tendencies considered mental illnesses? i dont know... but if they are, i have them.

 i never took medication for depression. Here no one gives any importance to being depressed. ppl (ppl = i mean family) consider i'm either 'trying to get attention' or 'being a drama queen' so no point in talking about it. just makes me feel worse. 
i guess by this point i'm so used to being depressed that it's normal for me. 
Dckitty21 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Chronic depression and suicidal tendencies are considered mental illnesses and yes a lot of people don't realize that it is one and treat it as "trying to get attention" or "being a drama queen" because I have the same issue with my family as well as it being just normal for me because it occurs so much.  Please if you feel it worsening call your doctor or talk to someone who you know will listen and at least try to understand.
MrJmZack Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
I suffer from generalized anxiety and a mild social anxiety, as well as a few bouts of depression. I'm not on any medication at this time, nor do I take therapy or council. My coping methods are… for lack of a better term, "self-initiated"? When I find myself beginning to freeze up or panic, I try to breathe deeply… rationalize… and push myself to snap out of it. I don't recommend this to anyone though, and I should probably talk to my doctor about all of this because it really doesn't work too often… ^^;
Najawarie Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Misophonia, generalized (and social) anxiety that are paired with panic attack and compulsive self-harm (I don't realize I do when it happens!), borderline.

I was prescribed a service dog to help me, I do hope it'll help coping with all that.
midnightbluedestiny Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Writer
I have a combination of Depression, Social Anxiety and (I know it isnt a mental condition but it does afffect me mentally) Aspergers syndrome (Autism). I dont really deal with it well but with the support of everyone here and my family and friends elsewhere it is far easier.
AnimeFanGirlxS Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I have depression and social anxiety. 
seraphicxlunatic Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Well I kinda can answer multiple of those polls. But the easiest would be my personal separation anxiety.

I think of the worst possible situation whenever people leave me, I start getting a panic attack essentially, but it's all internal. It's gotten to the point where I've just sat in the corner of a room and just cried while I hurt myself. But that hasn't happened in a long time. It's helped that my partner makes me feel pretty self-confident, and my friends have been with me for a long time. But mostly I have to continuously remind myself that I'm being very illogical in my thought process, and the situations I'm thinking up have such a small percentage of happening. . .
indigo-98 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I suffer from depression as a result of a concussion I had at the beginning of this school year. It was really hard because I couldn't compete in my sports or do much school work, resulting in horrendous first semester grades and even more stress and anxiety and self-loathing. I coped by ending a serious relationship which I discovered was actually detrimental to my mental wellness and that took a while to get over...
Now I am a little better, still feel pretty low, but getting better. Being by myself helps
xXPlatinumSkiesXx Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My father had PTSD (post traumatic syndrome disorder). Which is I feel is pretty hard to deal with, his feelings and mind is all over the place. It's saddening. And you can't really help it.. Prayers is all you can do. 
PyroMorticia Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Chronic anxiety disorder w/ agoraphobia & social phobia, ADD, depression that is a weird mixture of major depressive and manic depressive(bipolar), a little bit of OCD, and some weird thing that we haven't found a name for that makes me dislike food and eating. Oh, and a tendency to become easily addicted to things, courtesy of my DNA.
I'm currently on a strict drug routine, but we're going to attempt to back me off some of them soon. I've also been seeing a therapist every week for almost 2.5 years. I think what made the most difference, however, was an attitude change. I stopped feeling sorry for myself, and stopped letting myself off the hook. I found a reason to live(previously I was suicidal), and basically changed the entirety of who I am, to the point that I'm legally changing my name to reflect this.
So yea, drugs, therapy(definitely helped), and a huge attitude change. I'm still learning how to combat my phobias and so forth, but I've made a lot of progress. :D It gets better!
Tradgoedia Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Both my mom and I have one. For me it is depression, I take it day by day and I am on medication.
My mother has Huntington's, it's tough but again, one day at a time. Lots of love and support groups (:
BellatheLinkfan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm diagnosed as anxiety and depression yet show more traits of bipolar disorder.

At the moment, I'm really not coping. The antidepressants help a little but they just sort of numb everything, every emotion, not just the down parts. I also found therapy helped but Britain is so fucked when it comes to mental health services so I can't get into it without spending £100's on going private which I really can't afford as an 18 year old who's currently living off disability and family.

The major thing that keeps me around is the friends I have who are willing to talk 24/7, whenever I need them just to keep me around. Having that sort of support and love is just amazing and is way more than I deserve. They've stuck by me through hard times and it gives me strength in myself to know they believe in me that much.
Otaku-Mom Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have depression. Have ever science I was little. I see my therapist every other week unless I need her before that  due to some type of 'emergency'.
snow-phantom Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Depression and anxiety have since 7 I am 24 now so quite a while Sweating a little... Was on medication but it mad me a lot worse so I came of it hoping to get some help soon with CBT. Its funny thow  I come out extreverted and jovial on the outside but on the inside im worrying about every word I say and what I think people are thinking. as a result I don't have any friends, Still things are looking up I haven't self harmed in a while and im starting to feel ready to do some art/craft again so lets hope things stay like that for a while at least.
PrimordialNothingnes Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I don't really have an illnes but what i do have is a mild case of anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and sometimes, when someone does something REALLY bad to me, vengefull thoughts
As for how i deal with them, i try to stay calm in all situations and try to be positive about it because if there's anything i learned it's that life goes on and nothing lasts forever, not even the bad things
At the very least we can try to be strong no matter what happens
CocoaFereless Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Depression and Anxiety, though neither has been confirmed by a doctor. Mostly what's helped me is just being aware that I have them. I usually try to make sure that I don't pack my days with stressful activities because of it. I just take life on slowly, knowing that hard times will pass, and make sure to do things that I enjoy. It also helps to have someone to talk to. Prayer and scripture study also makes my day better. Always. Haha.
ampersalexandra Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Artist
Anxiety and depression.
I usually ignore it and tel myself that the thoughts aren't true and that it's just an illness.
Other times when I'm feeling particularly shitty I will look up stuff on Tumblr to make it worse so I can cry it out and get it over with.
Cattarb Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Depression, social anxiety...
I don't know exactly how i copy. I just know that making what I love, working to make my dreams come true, helps to make feel ok.
Mandatory-Option Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I have bipolar disorder, psychotic episodes and really bad anxiety.
I'm finally getting medication and help for it after years of jumping from doctor to doctor but most of the time, it's on me to stop things from spiraling out of control. For bad mood swings, I tend to isolate myself to a safe room to stop myself from doing anything stupid (binge eating, self-harming, buying things on an impulse). I don't like to be around people when I'm in these moods because I don't want to hurt them accidentally or say something horrible that I don't mean. 
When I get hallucinations, which are mostly tactile and auditory, I distract myself with things like touching certain fabrics, taking a shower to drown out the noise and the feelings. It's also helpful for me to bite things or touch my hair or face but unfortunately it looks a bit weird to do those things in public so I keep my habits to a minimum when I'm around people.
Sometimes, I'll actually bring my pet ball python out with me in public so that attention is usually on him and not on me and also, I can pet him when I get nervous, lol!
cp3a Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I have anxiety hiccups- I sometimes do breathing exercises but it's mainly to get my dad off my back. I think i have anxiety but nothing official has been said
Defirence Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I have had:
Suicidal Behavior
Self-Harm Behavior

I have:
Asperger's Syndrome (High-Functioning Autism)
Severe Anxiety
Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks
and a lot more things, also living in an emotionally, and verbally abusive household has not helped.
FoxdevilswildUnic Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist
One of my aunts has severe depressions as well as a good friend of mine. Another friend had problems with it some years ago but now she got help and is okay for quite a while now (:
ayqdragon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My two uncles has schizophrenia, but I think they take their medicine, so they're fine. I believe one has a little more than just that, but he doesn't seem any different than an awkward stereotypical nerd (not insulting at all, that's I can give an image?).

My other one, however. He's more violent and I think it's more so of how he was raised. But he's doing a lot better now that he's out of a uh.. high security place. He's had some freak-outs, but he's still alive. He seems no different that a typical guy. I never thought of him as any less.

My mom has depression, that's about it. She takes meds for it, so she seems no different than before other than the fact that she doesn't have random breakdowns.

I don't have any 'official' mental disorders because I don't want to be prescribed with shit ton more medicine that I already have (just hella allergy meds). But I think I may have depression (and no, I honestly don't think it's a 'teen' phase), maybe a multiple personality thing, and I kind of have a feeling of something else, but I dunno. I just deal with it alone and hope that no one else notices. Not a healthy way, but that's all I feel like I can do right now.
WorldHero Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Filmographer
I dunno if this counts (I think it does) but I have mild/moderate adult-ADD. :bucktooth:
I've had concentration issues when I was little, and it was pretty annoying, but I was never diagnosed with ADD until about 2 years ago, when I realized I still had issues with concentration in college. Unfortunately, my one prescription for it is not covered by my insurance, so I have to pay $150 on it because of a deductible. :iconmadtardplz:

But I cope with it by turning on some bianural sound waves that are supposed to help me concentrate, I try to write down things I have to do for the day, I have an app on my computer that blocks all distracting websites on all browsers for a period of time, I set reminders, I call my parents if there was anything I forgot to do for them, I listen to music while doing physical activities, and while working on the computer, I try to listen to audiobooks or movies/shows in the background. That way, while I'm working, the other part of my brain (which I guess ADD affects the most) is occupied by whatever's in the background and it's less likely to wander or grow bored. :shrug:
Raineve Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Severe Anxiety, I was on meds for it for a little bit but I don't have job and my family just couldn't afford to keep taking me back every month to see how i'm doing when there was a  $75 office visit fee every I just drink calming tea's when its not too hot out....which lately has been all the time, sadly this part isn't really coping but I just shut myself up in my room, staying up all night and sleep most of the day only to spend a only little time with my family since they treat me like im actually crazy with OCD...though I wouldn't doubt it if there was actual mental illness and depression going on, everyday I feel like i'm going losing my mind and don't enjoy anything anymore though someday's are OK most really suck, my family often asks how im feeling but its easier to be mean to them lately with how they act after I answer them, like my mother will make comments like "That's so weird" and it makes everything much worse....
bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Student Writer
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and I used to have MAJOR compulsive tendencies. I went to therapy for years for this, plus other major issues in my life. What is really helping now is that I'm taking an antidepressant. It was hard for me to accept that I needed it, but it has made my life so much easier.
anj100 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Depression and social anxiety.
I take Lexapro which makes it bearable to talk to people, but after an hour or so of social interaction it becomes too much and i need a break. Even with my close friends that I enjoy being with. I wish more people would understand this disorder and have a little more sympathy for me if I say I don't want to hang out/ talk, but at the same time I understand where they're coming from. I have tried a counselor, but I thought he was full of crap and he didn't help me in the slightest so I stopped going. I have just learned to live with it, there is not much more I can do to fix it. In order to stay positive I just remind myself that someone else has it much worse than I do, and I should be grateful for what I do have. 
Bakrath Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Depression and anxiety.
Medication mostly and occasionally therapy.
AzureKate Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
misophonia (literally "hatred of sound", a disorder in which negative emotions (anger, flight, hatred, disgust) are triggered by specific sounds)
its very hard to deal with. I had sound cancelling headphones but broke them, it can get so bad that I have to leave the room. the sound that gets me most is eating, and lip smacking. it makes me so angry that I literally have to run off and hit stuff, when im otherwise really calm and non-aggressive
Defirence Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I have the same thing, when some screams and shouts or any loud noise for that matter tends to want to make me run to my bed and hide under the blankets.
AzureKate Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
that doesn't sound like misophonia
Lyssap Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
depression, a touch of anxiety, and most likely gender dysmorphia. I go to therapy and I take meds which does help, but i still need better ways of coping than just bottling it all up inside me.
AllisonHearts Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Suicidal depression and an addictive/obsessive personality. I used to cope with self-harm/self-hate, or I just wouldn't cope at all. Now I focus on channeling the harsh feelings into my art and writing (for example: and that helps me cope.
xBlondieMomentsx Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I have severe clinical depression. And as hard as it seems, I changed my life with all my might to make it so I wasn't in the environment that dragged me down so much. I don't spend hours on social media, I dropped every last toxic person around me, held on tight to the people who were worth fighting for, laughed more, worried less and started an antidepressant. It's taken three years, and sometimes I feel sad, but I want to be happy and so I am.

I also made myself feel confident, and ever since I started making these changes to my life, I've slowly been healing myself. And the knowledge that I have, gives me more joy than any pills, friends, or any therapist could ever. Obviously this won't work for everyone, because we're all different, but maybe it would work for someone else out there. Don't chase something unattainable, just smile everyday, laugh when something is funny, and just realize there are so many little things to enjoy.
Ac0usticKitty Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
"Treatment Resistant Depression", Anxiety.

Avoiding triggers, alcohol, and distractions 

I don't have health insurance for treatment.
EnderCrane Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Anger issues and bipolarity. I just keep a close track on the amount of annoyances around me so I don't blow up as often. As for my biporality, I write like a manic and just let it out on paper or screen. Other wise I just try to stay away from people given my other side is angry and insanely aggressive.
Also try to stay away from people who say having Tareets means you have a 'broken mind and can never fix it.' I don't want pity of hugs and gifts, I want people to accept me as in, and that's just how it is. "Empathy without pity" as a teacher of mune said.
And the icings on the cake is the hallucinations and being able to look from their eyes at the things I remember as see myself. In the words of Nadi-Chan, "Insane is such a mean word, I prefer mentally creative"
YarnHeart Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Anxiety. I've had a couple panic attacks but I feel so much better now. My family really helped me. They were always there for me and supported me. I would try to keep my mind occupied. Some things I find helpful are wrapping string around your finger, unwinding it and repeating that. It doesn't take any effort but it keeps you busy. There is also a "game" were you think of 5 things you can hear, 5 things you can touch, and 5 things you can see. Then you think of 4 of each. Then 3. And so on. It really helps to ground you. Heating pads are also comforting. :)
LicianDragon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Both diagnosed by multiple doctors/therapists.

My biggest way of coping is medication. I had to play 'human guinea pig' for awhile till I found one that worked for me but am now on the max possible dose of Wellbutrin. I'm no longer suicidal and it allows me to function almost like a normal person.

I'm currently trying to find a working anti-anxiety to add to it. Currently I'm not doing well enough to hold a job and at 24, still don't have a drivers license. I'm starting to run out of options though. SSRI's make me suicidal, SNRI's give me serotonin syndrome, and I've gone through a handful of others that have undesirable side effects. My current one, gabapentin, doesn't manage my anxiety until I take so much of it I can barely stand as it causes weakness and extreme dizzyness.


Outside of medication I cope by immersing myself in the things that make me happy; my fiance, my pets, my art, video games, exercise, etc.  I can say with 100% certainty I wouldn't have made it to 18 if not for my fiance. Having someone who is always there and always supportive is so important to me even if it contradicts my natural introverted barring on asocial personality. Since I stopped working I've become overwhelmed with guilt at my fiance having to bring all the money in. It's to complicated and hectic for me to work with him having to drive me everywhere and so far attempts to learn to drive have halted. Instead I'm pursuing ways to make money from home, buckling down with my art and hopefully starting a Patreon page sometime in the near future.
Greybook Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
borderline personality disorder and social anxiety- not self-diagnosed. 

I don't have a coping method. Therapy was what was recommended.
Antebelle Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have GAD, major depression, and Autism. My dad and all three of my brothers are also on the Autism spectrum. So it's kinda crazy at my house. xD two of my brothers are homeschooled, while the youngest who is severely Autistic has a great special ed program at the public school. We all take medicine for different symptoms we have. We all go to therapy as well. My family has participated in many studies for autism and we actually got a multimillion dollar study to change because they had never heard of a family with one of the parents autistic and having not just three but all four children on the spectrum. So that was kinda fun. lol jk but yeah, mental illness runs in both sides of my family.
kainboa Featured By Owner 3 days ago
ADHD for myself and both of my brothers, with all the subsequent issues that brings along with it.

I deal with it by taking my medication when I need to, mostly when i go to work, and by being aware of the various issues that arise from the diagnosis.
Kira7695 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It's like... You've got an underlying feeling of anxiety, all the time. You can't turn it off. It's always there. Sometimes it's worse, sometimes its just quietly there. I cope with it by planning my schedule out, so I don't have surprises. If I know I have something planned that's going to peak my anxiety, I plan something to look forward to the next day, or later that day. I don't relax well, but it brings my anxiety down if I don't focus on the anxiety producing thing.
FilippasAngelMartina Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't have a diagnosis, but i wouldn't be surprised if I did..
FatherLuna Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor memory and mild visual experiences.
With memory I can lose chunks of my day or small bits of time.
I end up lost or repeating tasks pointlessly.
It doesn't bother me too much, but it scares me when I find myself driving or home suddenly.
With visuals I would say I see black spots or blurs move in my out vision quickly or whiz by.
A lot of this genetic.
But on a bothersome scale
TheDragonFreak77 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
PTSD which was diagnosed at a really bad hospital visit
uhm, for me, it's pretty hard to get around?
i have a VERY low stress tolerance and therefore I have to try and keep stress low at all times
and because my PTSD is from abuse it will take a long time for it to go away
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