Some people shy away from the term ‘mental disorder’. In a country like Sri Lanka, patients suffering from a mental disorder are sent off to Angoda and never heard from again. Little do we know or care about the minds of these individuals.
However, they often have minds that are beyond the usual, and to the seemingly normal person, they are crazy.
On Reddit, a user asked psychiatrists/psychologists what was the most profound thing they have ever heard from their patients. The responses were amazingly deep and they will help you to better understand the conditions of the patients.
1. “I don’t wanna kill myself. I wanna kill the part of me that wants to kill myself.”
2. “People don’t do drugs to feel good. People do drugs to feel less bad.”
3. “Imagine if every small decision felt like it had life or death consequences.” – From a patient describing living with an anxiety disorder.
4. “My arms miss you.” – From a ten-year-old autistic boy asking for a hug. These might be some of the deepest words ever spoken.
5. “Feeling pain is better than feeling nothing.”
6. “It’s okay if I don’t have any friends. Having friends makes you happy but it doesn’t make you a good person. You know who was really popular? Hitler.” – From a child with autism who was struggling with her difficulty making and keeping friends.
7. “I feel like a ghost, walking around unseen in the backdrops of these other happy lives.” – From a 56-year-old alcoholic.
8. “It’s as if you’ve tripped and the moment where you don’t know if you are going to catch yourself or not. That’s how I feel all day.” – From a patient with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
9. “We spend our whole lives trying to get to a certain place or acquire certain things so that we may be happy. But true happiness is when you realize you are never going to get to that place or that even when you do you will still be dreaming of a new place or new things. So happiness has to start now, with what we have.” – From a patient recovering from body image issues.
10. “I like you Jace, I don’t care what my voices say about you.” – From a client with Schizoaffective disorder.
11. “I don’t take my meds to fix me, because there’s nothing wrong with me. I take them because everyone else is crazy and I need to fit in.” – From a patient with Bipolar disorder at a nursing home.
12. “I guess I missed the transition from when the ground was lava and imaginary friends became schizophrenia.”
13. “An altruistic lover of truth and beauty.” I then asked him how others would describe him: “Bit of a c*nt probably.” – This is the response the doctor got after he asked his patient with Bipolar Disorder how the patient would describe himself.
The doctor then asked him how others would describe him. The patient replied:
14. “The medication made the voices go away. I’m lonely now.”