Do people treat you differently when they know you have mental ill or suicide attempt

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by seithkein, Sep 7, 2008.

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  1. seithkein

    seithkein Well-Known Member

    I do, that's why I have decided to keep quiet. It's like when people find out you have mental illness, they treat you differently or when they know that you attempted suicide before. Has this happened to you before.
     
  2. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni

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    The only thing I've noticed is that people treat you with a little more compassion.
    Everyone except my family that is.
    But maybe that's just the type of people I hang around.
     
  3. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

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    Yeah when they find out most of them disappear! One friend of mine years ago found out about my mental health issues when we were at a bar one night. She asked (i"m serious here) if it was contagious and that was the last time I saw her!
     
  4. titanic

    titanic Well-Known Member

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    Yep, stigma and discrimination can and does result from mental health problems / diagnosis, from employment, society and family and friends.

    I read a good book, Don't call me Nuts! Coping with the stigma of mental illness. Dealing with the pain of self-stigma. To disclose or not to disclose. Seven ways to foster personal empowerment. Changing society's reactions through contact, education, and protest. By Patrick Corrigan & Robert Lundin
     
  5. notwanting2live

    notwanting2live Well-Known Member

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    heya, ive only just found out bout my mental disorder. i told my family, and my dad said "oh great ive now got a suicidal MENTAL thing for a daughter." my mum now checks up on me basically all the time, even though apparently ive had it for about 4 yrs, the "professionals" have been in the know for bout 1 yr 1/2 and ive only just found out. so i aint different, but im treated different, but not in a good way. i wish my mum would just leave me alone, as she is constantly asking me if im going to die tonight. like im going to tell her anyways.
    its the same with physical illnesses like cancer. someone who is very close to me but who i hate at the same time has cancer, and all a sudden all my family is treating him differently, and he is getting away with blue murder.
     
  6. Insignificant

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    i told this guy i met this week that i do have mental issues and i ended up making a really nice friend. it was cool.
     
  7. Lethal Photography

    Lethal Photography Well-Known Member

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    I've been bullied because of it. My sisters have told me I belong in a hospital for even having those thoughts. I lost all my friends.
     
  8. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

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    Finding out about depression they don't treat you much differently, but knowing about an attempt is a different story.
     
  9. Stranger1

    Stranger1 Forum Buddy & Antiquities Friend

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    I haven't had friends or aquantences for years. I couldn't tell you yes or no because no one has cared enough to show me. People that I have come into contact with lately don't stick around to find out what kind of person I am. They don't want to hear it and I don't want to speak about it. Good Luck in you search!!:chopper:!!
     
  10. abyss

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    my ex husband told me he was going to commit me to a mental institution. my mom and dad act like i have a terminal illness and always have that worried sympathetic tone like you have around someone's deathbed. my old employer (my current one doesnt know) saw me as a liability. and most fair-weather or new friends and aquaintenses don't know what to say, how to act, and worry for themselves if they get too close and just dissipear. honestly, i think the shame and guilt of having a mental illness can often feel as heavy as the illness itself. and the impediment it poses to normal relationships paired with that added by the illness itself makes it almost impossible (i've never had a close friend for more then a year and rarely even get close enough to call them close). its a drag.
     
  11. Ozibuna

    Ozibuna Well-Known Member

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    I think it's rather necessary for people to treat you differently, after all it is a illness and it has to be treated (as most of the people here say). Also think about it, fear rules people and something like depression can rub off on those around you. Just think on how does one get into a state of depression and imagine that there are people that have a weaker heart then you and can very easily succumb to such a state of mind. So don't blame them for running away instead focus on your healing, on your getting better. Oh and by the way suicide is nothing like cancer(or any other disease for that matter), because with cancer you don't pick the day you want to die and most of the people who have it don't even consider suicide all they want is to get better, get healthy. There is a bit of irony in the previous comparison, a person with a very bad disease learns to cherish and appreciate the time he has and always finds a way to fight, whilst a person considering suicide, well it's the opposite.
     
  12. HappyAZaClaM

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    no comment. sorry to interrupt. carry on.......
     
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