3 mental health conditions that turn people into dicks

3 Mental Health Conditions That Turn People Into Dicks

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Finally, people are waking up to the fact that the majority of people will suffer from mental health issues at some point in life. Why, then, do people turn into such dicks when confronted with a person suffering from a mental health condition?  You would think that given the fact we are plummeting into a mental health black hole; an upcoming era consumed by this neglected crisis – people might be a little kinder. But, alas, when faced with a situation that makes a person uncomfortable, most people are just mean.

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Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying dealing with people with varying issues is easy. The instinctive defend/attack reactions are inevitably stirred. All I am saying is, knowing you may just find yourself in a similar terrible headspace one day, don’t be a dick. Take a minute before jumping to conclusions. Give yourself the gift of thought before making snap judgements and take to social media to destroy a person (and probably their family too).

To those who react in this way: Your opinions are harsh and based on little fact. You have probably had little interaction with the person you are demonising. But if you have, then shame on you. Maybe you live in a small town and jumped on the gossip train. Or perhaps you thrive on being drip-fed crap on social media – by a Facebook group who have a combined IQ smaller than that of an unfertilised egg. That said, once a seed of contempt has been planted in people’s minds, there’s not much that can be done to stop it.

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I spent a long time wondering if there was much point in writing this. It would definitely offend quite a few. But there is a real injustice going on. The amount of people whose only crime is a mental health disorder. People who are treated so badly and called all kinds of hideous things often end up committing suicide. I feel I have no choice but to point out some disorders and reasons people react like such dicks. If one person stops acting like they are leading a witch hunt in the early 1900s. If one mental health sufferer reads this and understands these people aren’t worth one tear – then it is so worth it.


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Staring can occur due to OCD behaviour and is often triggered by extreme past trauma and anxiety. It is very rarely due to that person wanting to kill you or kidnap your child/dog or steal your bag.

If you notice someone and they appear to be staring in your or your family’s direction for longer than is deemed sociably acceptable, try not to judge. I know it is uncomfortable and therefore it is understandable that people can react badly. But, imagine how awful it must be for the person living with that daily hell and be kind instead.


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Those who suffer from anxiety are going through enough without having to deal with being treated unfairly. If someone doesn’t answer you or avoids eye contact, often they aren’t being rude or pyscho. They are struggling massively. Fear and dread can be all-consuming. The sufferer who appears to be acting strangely is just wishing they could run the hell away and hide. Nothing sinister and not worth your hate.


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This illness affects so many people and yet, somehow people still act like dicks around sufferers. ‘He looks like fun, not!’ and, ‘Look at her just staring at the ground.’ Some of the comments that precede abuse across social media or via Chinese whispers. Before you know – it’s become a free-for-all. Vultures savagely ripping a sufferer’s life apart with all kinds of accusations. As if life isn’t hard enough.

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If you take something away from this article, let it be this: People suffering don’t choose to act differently. In general, the last thing they want is to upset you. Often in an over-the-top attempt to be accepted, their conditions cause them to behave in a more socially unacceptable fashion.

However, whatever crap you feel from momentarily feeling embarrassed/freaked out/uncomfortable, I can assure you the sufferer will be feeling an infinite amount worse about themselves. Don’t be malicious. Would you be able to look yourself in the mirror if you heard of their suicide, their children devastated? How would you feel when it turned out they were a loving parent who just suffered from a condition that made them act a bit weird?

In an age where we are all struggling, can’t people make a bit of an effort to take a break from being a dick? After all, one day, it might be you.

3 thoughts on “3 Mental Health Conditions That Turn People Into Dicks

    1. Hi David, thanks for your comment. I have social anxiety too and I understand what you mean about social media – it’s overrated anyway. I am looking forward to reading your WordPress blog. Have a good weekend.

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