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  •  No. this is wrong on many levels. You are basicall (1+ / 0-)
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    y saying that someone who disregards unspoken rules to which most people conform are candidates for mental illness. There are many, heck I will say most of us do this in some capacity but WE DONT REALIZE IT. It's easy to point to someone else especially when it such a brazen act but you have to consider that there is no inherent reason for you to make the decisions you do - it's mostly an agreed upon construct. Hence varying cultural norms. If someone is indoctrinated in a totally different viewpoint than even the mainstream it should be no surprise if at some point they cross that line and show their TRUE nature. Nothing mentally unstable about that.

    Random case in point the amazing Errol Morris documentary 'Tabloid' about the woman who fell in love with and 'kidnapped' a Mormon and 'forced' him to have sex. Nothing crazy about her at all, but you can see easily how other people went off and called her crazy.

    If I knew it was going to be that kind of party, I'd have stuck my ---- in the mashed potatoes! - Paul's Boutique

    by DoctorWho on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 08:45:25 PM PDT

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    •  it's perfectly possible this woman is not (0+ / 0-)

      mentally ill. we really don't know enough about her, and hopefully never will as it's her private issue. but I can say from personal experience that kovie is right on several points.

      Depending on the mental illness, very rarely does that person themselves recognize that they need treatment or have a problem. One, you think what you're experiencing is "normal", and two, sometimes symptoms of the mental illness episode are accompanied by feelings of euphoria and invincibility.

      I'm bipolar. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 29 after an extreme manic episode. I believed I was an Angel, my parents were trying to murder me, and that I was about to replace Biden as Vice President among many delusions. It wasn't until I was in the mental hospital and on medication for several weeks that I finally realized these things I was absolutely convinced were true, were indeed just delusions.

      Despite how crazy I was at the time, I was not involuntarily admitted because I wasn't a physical threat to myself or others (at least at that point). The only reason I was admitted was because, feeling invincible, I just signed the papers admitting myself not really realizing what I was doing....if I had, I probably wouldn't have.

      So again, yes, we don't really know enough from this one episode whether she actually suffers from a biochemical imbalance like bipolar, but to say she is not mentally ill just because she wasn't involuntarily admitted is nonsense.

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