JEN of doom (ozzchik) wrote in nodisorderhere,
JEN of doom

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So I have been meaning to update and promote this journal for some time, but I kept on forgetting about it. I'd like to get it going now though because I think it is important for people who are different to know that they are not alone. Whether you embrace your mental disorder, despise it, or refuse to call it a disorder and view it as simply being part of who you are, this is the place for you.

The reason that I started this community is because I was diagnosed as having ADD when I was in 3rd grade and I was medicated for it for about 5 or 6 years. I eventually rejected my medication (though I do not recommend this for everyone, I knew that it was the right thing for me) and found ways to get along on my own in the world without it. Today I am a successful young adult, and I have studied psychology and sociology and learned much about people. The one thing that I have noticed is that American society seems to define more mental disorders than anywhere else in the world, which leads me to wonder if they really are disorders.

Please feel free to share any ideas or opinions about this, and if you know anyone who may benefit from being a member of this community, please tell them about it.
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hi, I'm one of the new members. How do I post?
When you go to the update journal page make sure you are on the one with all the extra options (mood, current music, picture to use, etc). The first thing under "Optional Settings" should say "Journal to post in" and there should be a dropdown box next to it. Just click on the arrow on the right side of the box and select nodisorderhere.
"American society seems to define more mental disorders than anywhere else in the world, which leads me to wonder if they really are disorders."

Many of them are not, but are merely ways for mental health professionals to collect money from insurance companies.

You might find this interesting:
Wow, thanks. I've only read part of the article so far, but I will be sure to read the whole thing through later on tonight or tomorrow.

You may be interested to know that homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder in the DSM III, it kind of makes you wonder what all was in the first 2 editions...
I just found this community on a search for journals interested in anxiet disorders. I had one bad flare-up of anxiety, and the main thing I learned even from that small experience was that naming something a disorder was the absolute worst thing for my mental state at the time...made me feel defective and like there was something that needed to be fixed before I could go on being a person...

No thanks.

Anyway, I hope the community picks up soon. I'm glad to be here.
Glad to have you aboard :)