Ignorance and disorders


Many years ago, disorders such as Bipolar, Autism, and OCD were virtually unheard of, these days however they are extremely common. Though these are serious conditions, I do feel that doctors are often quick to slap a label on someone showing a few traits of what may be an actual disorder. I am talking from personal experience and the diagnosis was in fact completely wrong and something else entirely. What annoys me the most about these disorders is the ignorance that some people tend to display. Examples like, they are just seeking attention or being bratty, or just tell them to stop being stupid and snap out of it. If it were that easy I’m fairly sure they would have done that already rather than live their life in fear, not being able to control their moods, or having to perform an irrational set of tasks before they can even leave the house. I can’t speak for every sufferer but my own experience has taught me that there is nothing fun about living with these conditions, neither is it fun to watch your child suffering and feeling helpless to do anything about it. If it was as simple as grounding them or taking away their personal items to “snap them out of it” don’t you think I’d have done that already? I agree that years ago things were dealt with differently or even swept under the carpet but please try and keep an open mind rather than assume attention seeking is the diagnosis.

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