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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Don't Call Me Crazy.

Mental health is a subject that is close to my heart. I've written about it before but a new series on BBC3 has brought the subject back up again. 

"Don't Call Me Crazy" is a series that focuses on the McGuinness Unit in Manchester that helps young adults with mental health issues. The facilities help the teens come to terms with their diagnosis and work with them to reach a point of recovery and discharge. 


The unit takes care of teens that suffer everything from personality disorder to OCD and anorexia. The first episode focused on Beth, Gill and Emma. Beth, an anorexic girl refused to eat and obviously couldn't come to terms with her diagnosis. Knowing people that have suffered with it, I know that it can be bloody tough to understand why food is needed. Emma, a girl with OCD and depression was desperate to go back to school but couldn't battle her OCD.

Teenage mental illness is normally categorised as raging hormones and moody anti-socialness. Sometimes that is the case but more often than not you find that a teen can really have a mental illness. Mine went undiagnosed for longer than it should and only really came to light when I had family issues that highlighted something wasn't right. Even then the care wasn't to the best of standards and even to this day it's more of a postcode lottery of what care you can receive.

When I lived at home there wasn't anything. Even living in Bournemouth I wasn't offered anything and just had pills and confusing pieces of paper thrust in my face. Not great for a girl that has a turbulent past.

"Just because I'm going through it right now, it doesn't define me as a person" 

Said Emma as she was explaining about her depression and OCD. And it's something that stuck with me. When I was at my worst no one knew how to react, most of them didn't understand what was going on. And to this day they still call it "my emo period". It frustrates me because I can explain what when on til I'm blue in the face but people just don't understand. 

There is a total lack of education for not just teen mental illness but mental illness as a whole. It's so easy to judge someone and say that they are a freak or a loser, it's also easy to say "I'm feeling depressed today" but do you really understand what that is? Next time someone tells you something is wrong, listen. Don't judge them as chances are they don't want to have a mental illness either. 
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  1. I caught the end of the programme and felt happy that it's finally being addressed more openly.

    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  2. I watched this programme last night and I thought it opened many eyes.

    I found it sad that people judge. Great blog post

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