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lemming
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electrashock said:
I decided to ask you this because I feel embarrassed to ask anyone in person...

In June of this year I had a kind of nervous breakdown and was sent to a
psych facility (mental hospital) as treatment. I've been put on several
different antidepressants and to tell you the truth, I feel like a whole
different,better person now. Unfortunately, I still get labeled "the crazy
girl" and "the psycho chick" at school. some people call me a schizo to my
face, even though i'm just manic-depressive. and that really prevents me from
getting into relationships. i think the guys at school are afraid of me. i'm
really lonely. how do i overcome this?
thank you so much in advance...my friends have told me they got good advice
from here so i'm hoping i'll get the same


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ThisGuy
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John Cleese is bipolar, I believe.
He's one of the funniest guys on the planet, if you ask me.

I'd say the guys you're dealing with are rather shallow.

I think one thing you can learn from this is that you are you. Are you able to look at yourself and see something of value?

I've never been treated for any psychological condition. I'd surmise that I have some form of bipolar disorder, as well.

I see it as a blessing and a curse. The curse is obvious - depression and mood instability. The blessing? I have a creative streak in me that I think is related to the bipolar part of me.

For instance, I tend to write bizarre, off-beat humour. I tend to have an unusual perspective on problems, that lets me produce more creative and innovative solutions. In my opinion, I have greater experience with my own mind than most other people - I've had to deal with things they have not.

I'd say I'm a stronger and more capable person because of it all.

The only advice I can offer you is to look inside yourself and find what it is that you value - then realise that whatever they say, you are someone special.

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Hi. Firstly, what I would suggest to you is be proud of who you are. You have suffered through something and became a stronger person because of it. I always say that of course I would have loved to not have an anxiety disorder but I did learn things that I don't think I could've gotten from anywhere else. That point in my life happened to be one of the times where I was absolutely in touch with myself. If you can get past the fact that you had a rough time, then eventually others will too. Be confident, be who you are, and don't let anyone try to change you or bring you down. Another great quote by my fave (Dr. Seuss) once said "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter"

Give it time hun, things will get better. A lot of us girls are in the same situation and haven't had to go through manic depression...there are a lot of things that people feel just as insecure about (even if your not feeling insecure...what i mean is something people have to gossip about) Just take it easy girlie and have a good time...don't worry about other people, they'll come around and if they don't they don't matter!!

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I used to be called gothic, a lot. All the time. Gothic and Flower Child. I was depressed, I was a cutter, I'm already pretty pale and I only slept a few hours a night making me have dark circles under my eyes. Add that to dark brown hair and some mascara and people think you're gothic. And I'm everything but.

Now two years later no one really remembers that part of my life except my close friends that I've known for years. The best thing to do about your friendship situation/boy situation is to just find people you can click with, and then click. If you have a gothic, punk, skater scene at all at your school check it out. I'm checking it out right now and even though a lot of them are cutters, and a lot of them are clinically depressed, most of the time they're happy. And it's so nice to be able to talk about your therapist and stuff without people giving you weird looks. They support me with my recovery and I talk to them about what they're going through.

Don't worry darling, just be happy that you are here today and you are alive and you got through your "breakdown" you're strong, never forget that.

Brittany

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How can someone so damn funky be depressed!

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